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Texas breaks power record – again and again and again

Posted by feww on July 23, 2018

Submitted by DRM

Record Texas electricity demand, amid record-breaking, lingering heat

Scorching temperatures across Texas, exceeding record-breaking 42.2℃ (108℉) in Dallas/Fort Worth area, have pushed the demand for power in Texas, setting peak records for the month on July 16 and 17, and breaking the grid’s all-time high on July 18 and 19.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which operates 90% of the state’s power grid (it has about 24 million customers), forecast demand would exceed 74,647 megawatts on Monday.

Demand peak hit 73,259 megawatts between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Thursday (July 19), breaking the previous hourly record of 72,691 megawatts set on the same day. The previous record of 71,438 megawatts only lasted for one day, having been set between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday, ERCOT spokesperson said.

DRM – 072302

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