ERCOT Sets New Peak Usage Record
Texans use 62,396 MW of power
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (ERCOT) region set a new electricity usage record of 62,396 megawatts (MW) of power today, over the peak hour from 4 to 5 p.m., exceeding the previous all-time peak of 60,274 MW, set on August 23, 2005.
"High temperatures throughout a large part of the state caused increased electricity usage and created a record-breaking peak load,â€? said Kent Saathoff, ERCOT director of system operations. â€œWe expect high temperatures again tomorrow and could break the record again. Barring unforeseen circumstance, we believe we will be able to handle the expected peak demand, but system operators will be closely monitoring the situation.â€?
1999: 54,849 MW
2000: 57,606 MW
2001: 55,201 MW
2002: 56,248 MW
2003: 60,095 MW
2004: 58,531 MW
2005: 60,274 MW
2006: 62,396 MW
The record number is based on initial calculations using data from throughout the transmission network. The number will be adjusted based on official meter data collected in the marketâ€™s financial settlement process, which is completed six months after the operating day.
ERCOT is a membership-based 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation, governed by a board of directors and subject to oversight by the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Texas Legislature. Its members include consumers, cooperatives, generators, power marketers, retail electric providers, investor-owned electric utilities, transmission and distribution providers and municipally owned electric utilities.