ERCOT Reports Second New Power Demand Record This Week

June 28, 2012

The June peak demand for power record set Monday lasted all of 24 hours, being surpassed between 4 – 5 p.m. the following day.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas reported yesterday that power demand on Tuesday broke the peak demand record it set the day before.

Electric use during the 4 – 5 p.m. hour reached 66,583 megawatts, also exceeding the standing record for July.

Despite setting the record twice this week, ERCOT does not expect to break the new June record this week.

The previous record for June, set Monday, was 65,047 MW, surpassing the 63,102 MW record set on June 17, 2011. ERCOT’s all-time peak demand record occurred on Aug. 3, 2011, when electric use in the ERCOT region topped out at 68,379 MW.

One MW is enough to power about 200 homes during peak demand periods, typically hot summer days like those experienced this week.

Some steps everyone can take to reduce demand on the grid during these peak demand hours include the following:

  • Turn your thermostat up by two or three degrees in the late afternoon.
  • If you will be away from home throughout the day, turn your thermostat up before leaving home in the morning.
  • Set pool pumps to run late at night or early in the morning.
  • Avoid using large appliances, especially hot stoves and clothes dryers, during the peak.
InstantNewsWestu Staff

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