Energy conservation urged as heat pushes state's electric grid

More records expected to be broken Tuesday

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August 13, 2019 - 3:43 pm

UPDATE: ERCOT officials have issued a Level 1 Energy Emergency Alert Tuesday afternoon. Conservation efforts are needed until 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Here are some steps you can do to help reduce electricity use:

  • Turn thermostat up 2 to 3 degrees during the peak hours of 3 to 7 p.m.
  • Set programmable thermostats to higher temperatures when no one is home.
  • Use fans to feel 4 to 6 degrees cooler.
  • Limit use of large appliances (i.e., dishwasher, washer, dryer, etc.) to morning or after 7 p.m.
  • If you cook indoors from 3 to 7 p.m., use a microwave or slow cooker.
  • Close blinds and drapes during late afternoon.
  • Schedule pool pumps to run in the early morning or overnight hours; shut off between 4 and 6 p.m.


Original story:

AUSTIN ( -- With temperatures soaring across the entire state, Texas' electric grid is seeing new records in terms of demand.

Officials with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, said Monday that a new all-time peak demand record of 74,531 megawatts was set between 4 and 5 p.m. Monday afternoon.

Just one hour earlier, the grid shattered the old record of 73,473 megawatts - set in the summer of 2018 - with a peak demand of 74,162 megawatts.

The records could get smashed again Tuesday afternoon, with forecasts calling for power demand to exceed 75,000 megawatts.

ERCOT officials say the grid has more than 78,000 megawatts of generating capacity. Despite the reserves, officials say you should do what you can to conserve energy during the peak hours of the afternoon - between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. - as high temperatures continue to create high demand.


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