ERCOT reports 2 peak electricity demand records in 1 day

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Climbing temperatures fueled peak electricity demand to record levels on the state's biggest electrical grid for a second day in a row.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas operates that grid, which covers most of the state. An ERCOT statement said peak demand reached record levels twice Thursday afternoon, to 68,538 megawatts between 3 and 4 p.m. and 68,912 megawatts between 4 and 5 p.m.

Both broke the record of 68,459 megawatts set Wednesday.

One megawatt is about enough electricity to power about 200 homes during hot weather running air conditioners.

ERCOT says demand is expected to remain very high as temperatures stay above 100 degrees for the next few days, so system conditions will be monitored closely.


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