*Update* New winter electric peak expected Thursday morning

*Update

The peak morning forecast has been increased to 60,000 megawatts, according to ERCOT, but no rolling blackouts are expected.

The peak usage last night was about 55,870 megawatts, shy of an all-time winter record.

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Texas’ electric grid operator is predicting new winter power use records Wednesday night and Thursday morning as cold weather settles in throughout the state.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas is continuing its call for customers to conserve power between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. Thursday, but they don’t expect a repeat of last week’s emergency which led to rolling blackouts.

The peak demand tonight should almost reach 57,000 megawatts between 8 and 9 pm, and more than 58,000 megawatts between 7 and 8 a.m. The current winter record of 56,334 megawatts was set Feb. 2, between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“The most critical times will be this evening and in the morning,” said ERCOT CEO Trip Doggett.  “While we project to have enough generation to meet demand, a significant number of generation outages, such as we experienced last week, could change that outlook, so we appreciate your continued support by reducing your energy consumption where possible.”

As we reported today, ERCOT has purchased extra generation capacity to get through the next few days.

All but 1,764 megawatts of the 7,000 megawatts of generation capacity knocked offline last week has been restored.

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