Texas power use record possible today: update*

State grid operators are projecting an all-time record for power usage today, with demand at 5 p.m. estimated to reach 62,559 megawatts, at least as of noon that was the prediction. Shifting cloud cover, rain or any number of other factors could change that. Tomorrow’s prediction is for an even higher peak.
The Texas Public Utility Commission is posting a Yellow ‘Power Watch’ conservation warning for the day, encouraging people to turn off unnecessary appliances and to avoid using dishwashers and laundry equipment during the 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. peak hours.
The peak demand record for ERCOT is 62,339 MW***, reached on Aug. 17, 2006.
(Note: ERCOT reported a higher number on Aug. 17 — which is reflected in the story we wrote — but the following day they adjusted the figure down to 62,339 MW)
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Update:
Nope, looks like we’ll miss the record today, but projections for Wednesday are are still aiming for a record.

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