New Record Set Monday for Electricity Usage

Tuesday, Aug 17, 2010  |  Updated 8:15 AM CDT
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New Record Set Monday for Electricity Usage

These have been moving a lot of juice lately.

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Hot, sultry weather that has most of Texas in its grip has generated the third peak demand record in as many weeks on the state's biggest electrical grid.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas operates that grid, which covers most of the state. An ERCOT statement said peak demand reached a new record of 64,805 megawatts between 3 and 4 p.m. Monday.  See the daily grid report here.

That broke the record of 63,830 megawatts set between 4 and 5 p.m. last Tuesday, which beat the 63,594-megawatt record set Aug. 4.

One megawatt is about enough electricity to power about 200 homes during hot weather running air conditioners.

ERCOT says it has enough generating capacity to cover expected summer peak demand and still have a 21 percent reserve to cover unexpected major outages.

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