Texans Feel First Heat Wave as Power of Demand Surges

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DALLAS - Texas officials say the heat is on for 2012.

A spokeswoman for the electric distribution grid for most of Texas said power demand was expected to break a June record for the second consecutive day on Tuesday.

Robbie Searcy with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas says "summer is here in full swing" after Monday's peak statewide usage surpassed 65,000 megawatts for the first time this year.

ERCOT was forecasting a peak of more than 67,000 megawatts for Tuesday.

A spokesman for the National Weather Service says temperatures climbed above 100 across most of the state. Heat advisories were issued for large pockets across Texas. Victor Murphy says the state should expect hotter-than-normal temperatures this summer, but not nearly as warm as record-setting 2011.

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