ERCOT Breaks Hourly Peak Electricity Demand Record

8.10.16

For two consecutive hours Wednesday, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas’ systemwide demand surpassed the previous record set Monday, August 8.
Peak demand reached 70,531 megawatts between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. and then blew past that new record with 70,572 MW of demand between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. according to an ERCOT newsrelease.
This tops Monday’s record by 403 MW.
“We’re pleased that the system continues to perform well as the need for air conditioning drives up demand,” said Dan Woodfin, director of System Operations. “These hot summer days always put our grid to the test, and we have had sufficient generation available to carry us through these high-demand periods.”

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