AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas electrical grid manager wants Texans to cool it on their electricity usage as record heat is causing record demand.
The Energy Reliability Council of Texas said in a statement Monday afternoon that record-high temperatures throughout the state are resulting in record power demand. The statement says demand reached a record 66,867 megawatts between 4 and 5 p.m. Monday, and more record demand levels are expected this week.
The previous record of 65,776 megawatts was set Aug 23, 2010. A megawatt can power about 200 Texas homes in hot weather with air conditioners running. Peak demand of 67,084 megawatts is expected Tuesday afternoon.