ERCOT Sets New Record for Electricity Demand
Texans use 63,056 megawatts* of electricity.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (ERCOT), the electric grid operator for most of the state, today set a new electricity usage record. Consumers used an average of 63,056 megawatts* (MW) of power over the peak hour ending at 5 p.m., exceeding the previous all-time peak of 62,396* MW set on July 17, 2006.
â€œItâ€™s extremely hot â€“ and that translates into high power usage,â€? said Sam Jones, ERCOT CEO. â€œPart of this new record can also be attributed to the growing economy and population in Texas.â€?
Fridayâ€™s demand is not projected to set another record.
*11-14-06 Update: The August 17 hourly peak was adjusted to 62,339 MW following the final settlement period. Final settlement numbers are subject to change again following the true-up period (six months after 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.