Texas power grid hits new winter peak record during winter blast

January 17, 2018 - 2:33 pm

AUSTIN (KJCE) -- Bitter cold temperatures across the state pushed the state's power grid to a new winter peak this morning.

Officials with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the power grid operator for 90 percent of the state's electric load, said the demand between 7 and 8 a.m. Wednesday morning was 65,731 megawatts, which shattered the old record of 62,855 megawatts set earlier this month.

In Austin, Camp Mabry recorded a low of 18 degrees, while the low at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport was 15 degrees. The temperatures are the coldest seen in the area since February of 2011.

The summer peak demand for the ERCOT system is 71,110 megawatts, set back in August of 2016.

ERCOT says sufficient generation and transmission resources have been available throughout this winter weather event.

In the Austin area, temperatures will once again drop into the lower 20s Wednesday night into Thursday morning, before warming up towards the weekend.

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