By: Rye Druzin |
Texas’ power use approached a record Monday afternoon as the mercury soared into the high 90s and triple digits across most of the state.
Power use is around 70,600 megawatts, just a few hundreds megawatts below the 71,110 megawatt record set in August 2016, according to data from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas or ERCOT, which oversees 90 percent of Texas’ electricity load that powers 24 million customers.
A megawatt powers roughly 200 Texas homes during periods of high use like when the weather is hot or cold.
“As ERCOT predicted in the spring, we will likely break usage records as temperatures climb. So far, the system is performing as expected,” said ERCOT spokeswoman Theresa Gage.
This winter Texas set multiple new winter use records as a prolonged cold gripped the state with temperatures in the 20s.
On Jan. 17 Texans used nearly 66,000 megawatts of power between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m., blowing past a previous record set the night before.