Texas Sets Second Electric Usage Record in a Week

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas -- Another day of triple-digit heat has fueled another record day of electricity consumption on the electric grid serving most of Texas.

The Electricity Reliability Council of Texas says electricity consumers used an hourly average of 63,453 megawatts of power between 4 and 5 p.m. Monday. That beat the previous record of 62,786 megawatts set last Wednesday.

Before last week, the record day had been Aug. 17, 2006, when ERCOT consumers used 62,339 megawatts.

ERCOT is the electric grid operator for much of the state.

ERCOT officials said they expected continued high electricity demand Tuesday.

Monday was the hottest day so far this summer in many Texas locations, with temperatures reaching as high as 107 in north and northwest of Fort Worth in the towns of Bridgeport and Graham.

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