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ERCOT Reports Record Peak Electricity Demand

Hot, sultry weather that has most of Texas in its grip has generated the third peak demand record in as many weeks on the state’s biggest electrical grid.
    The Electric Reliability Council of Texas operates that grid, which covers most of the state. An ERCOT statement said peak demand reached a new record of 64,805 megawatts between 3 and 4 p.m. Monday.
    That broke the record of 63,830 megawatts set between 4 and 5 p.m. last Tuesday, which beat the 63,594-megawatt record set Aug. 4.
    One megawatt is about enough electricity to power about 200 homes during hot weather running air conditioners.
    ERCOT says it has enough generating capacity to cover expected summer peak demand and still have a 21 percent reserve to cover unexpected major outages.

Air Pollution Watch, Level Orange

Heat Advisory Through 8pm

18th consecutive triple-digit day

 

THIS AFTERNOON

Partly cloudy and hot

Slight storm chance – best west of the Metroplex

High 101° (heat index to 109°)

Wind:  ESE 5-10 mph

TONIGHT

Partly cloudy

Morning Low: 79°

                        
TOMORROW

Sunny & hot

An isolated storm is possible, mainly south of I20

High 102° (heat index to 107°)

THURSDAY

Hot & sunny

High 102° (heat index to 106°)

FRIDAY

Mostly sunny

High 101° (heat index to 105°)

SATURDAY

Mostly sunny and hot

High 100° (heat index to 105°)

    
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