Power watch in place for afternoon hours

The state’s main electric grid operator is issuing a “Power Watch” for this afternoon, encouraging conservation during the high-use hours of 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Businesses and consumers are encouraged to:

•Set air conditioning thermostats to 80 degrees or higher.

• Cool with fans.

• Close blinds and drapes on windows that get direct sun.

• Turn off all unnecessary lights, appliances, and electronic equipment.

• Avoid using big appliances between the hours of 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The peak electricity demand is expected to top 63,200 megawatts today, below the record set on July 13 of 63,453 mw. But just as with two of the previous “power watch” warnings this summer the issue is being blamed on “several unplanned generation outages” according to ERCOT. In other words, some power plant that is supposed to be up and running has tripped offline.

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