ERCOT Is Taking Action To Save Electricity As Demand Skyrockets

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.

ERCOT Vice President Kent Saathoff asks Texans to avoid nonessential electricity use, such as major housekeeping appliances, between 3 and 7 p.m. to avoid emergency outages.