Electric Demand Usage Lower, Declining Through Weekend
Power Watch for Conservation Discontinued
Electric demand in the ERCOT region was slightly lower today than expected and did not break a record. Consumers used an hourly average of 62,547 megawatts (MW) during the 4-5 p.m. interval today, down 239 MW from Wednesday’s record-breaking peak demand of 62,786* MW.
System operators for the ERCOT grid, which covers most of the state, have not reported any major issues in managing the high demand this week.
Although a heat advisory remains in effect for much of the state, electricity demand is expected to be lower on Friday and through the weekend. ERCOT does not anticipate any electricity emergencies and is discontinuing the Power Watch request for conservation until further notice.
*Note: Based on initial calculations using data from throughout the transmission network; this number may be adjusted based on official meter data used in the market’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.