June power use sets new record in Texas

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June power use sets new record in Texas

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WFAA

Posted on June 25, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 25 at 8:56 PM

As temperatures climbed above 100 degrees across Texas on Monday, the demand for electric power set a new June record.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas said its grid delivered an average of 65,047 megawatts during the 4 p.m. hour, eclipsing the record set on June 17 last year.

ERCOT is forecasting even higher loads on Tuesday, and Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus forecasts triple-digit temperatures will continue through Friday.

ERCOT again urged consumers to limit electric use during the peak hours of 3 and 7 p.m. to reduce the possibility of brownouts or blackouts. Suggested actions include:

  • turn up the thermostat by two or three degrees in the late afternoon or before leaving home in the morning
  • set pool pumps to run late at night or early in the morning
  • avoid using large appliances -- especially stoves and clothes dryers -- during peak hours

The agency has released free apps for Apple and Android devices that help consumers keep track of energy demands and provide conservation alerts.

 

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