Thursday, January 9, 2014
New record set in Texas this week for winter electricity demand
The number, however, wasn't higher than a hot August day in 2011.
A new record for winter electricity demand was set Tuesday as Texas residents pushed morning use to a peak of 57,277 megawatts.
One megawatt of power can supply enough electricity for 500 homes during mild weather, according to a release from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which runs the grid that handles most of the state’s eclectic load.
The previous record for peak winter demand in Texas was the 57,265 megawatts used on February 10, 2011. Tuesday’s new record still fell well short of the overall record for peak demand of 68,305 megawatts used on August 3, 2011.
ERCOT issued an emergency alert Monday as demand rose due to low temperatures, but the alert was canceled later in the day and replaced with a call for conservation efforts such as unplugging unused lights and appliances and keeping thermostats set to no higher than 68 degrees.
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