Texas Power Grid Reaches Deal for Backup Units

      AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The manager of the electricity grid in
Texas says four inactive natural gas units will be brought online
for emergency use through October as the state battles extreme heat
and drought.
      The Electric Reliability Council of Texas said Tuesday it had
agreed to short-term deals with NRG Energy and Garland Power and
Light to activate the units.
      ERCOT Chief Executive Trip Doggett says the units would be used
only in emergencies to avoid competing with companies already
bidding in the state's deregulated energy market.
      Two weeks ago, the state set a power demand record three
straight days, topping out at 68,295 megawatts and barely avoiding rotating outages.  ERCOT says the four backup units can provide 400 megawatts of electricity.