Amid a record-breaking weekend for heat, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas set another power record, according to its online tracker. It’s the second time this week that ERCOT has set a new record for all-time power usage in July. However, the reserve still has sufficient power to meet demand, and they have not requested power conservation.
On Saturday, ERCOT unofficially set a new all-time weekend peak record of 77,359 megawatts, officials added.
ERCOT has issued a Conservation Appeal from 2:00 to 8:00 pm July 11 to Texans and Texas businesses. ERCOT has also issued a Watch for a projected reserve capacity shortage from 2:00–8:00 pm. At this time, they expect no system-wide outages. ERCOT emphasizes that the call for conservation is limited to the hours of 2:00–8:00 pm.
Locally, daily highs have been double-digit since last Monday, averaging 106 over the eight days. The highest temp was Sunday at 109, and since the triple-digit days started, we set a new record daily.