Summer Heatwave Tests Grid Operators, Consumer Wallets

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas set three new records for July peak demand three consecutive hours, ultimately peaking at 68,799 MW between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. on July 20. Temperatures in major Texas cities approached triple digits, slightly above the seasonal average last week. Despite the three hourly peak load records, grid officials say they are prepared this summer. ERCOT anticipates summer demand to peak near 73,000 MW, while total generation will be close to 82,000 MW.

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