DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Friday is expected to be the hottest day of the summer so far across the DFW area, with actual temperatures reaching a few degrees above the triple-digit mark and ‘feels-like’ temperatures being even higher. On a hot day like this, many people want to crank the air conditioning.
But, when it is this warm, all of that air conditioning use can put a heavy strain on the electric grid.READ MORE: Fight Between Brothers Ends With 1 Shot, Critically Injured And 1 Arrested In Alvarado Friday Night
The state almost broke the record on Thursday afternoon for systemwide electricity demand in the month of July. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) said that peak demand reached 68,669 megawatts between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Thursday — the hottest time of the day. That is just shy of the July record, which was set last week.READ MORE: 'I'm Afraid We're Going To See A Surge Of Violence' Says Texas Criminologist Following Recent Mass Shootings
ERCOT has assured that there is enough generation to meet the state’s demand without a strain or any brownouts.
But there are still steps that consumers should take to help out. “It is important for customers to know that the hours between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. are the most vital,” explained Oncor spokesman Kris Spears. “Raise your thermostat by two to three degrees, use fans to cool yourself, close drapes and curtains.”MORE NEWS: Texas Grand Jury To Consider Charges In Shooting Death Of Protester Garrett Foster Last Summer
August is typically the hottest month of the year in Texas. ERCOT does expect electricity demand to increase.