ERCOT grid ends month with new July peak

AUSTIN, TX, July 31, 2012 – Electric demand on the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) grid peaked at 65,790 megawatts (MW) today, setting a new July record.

The previous July record of 65,432 MW occurred on July 27, 2011, during the hottest summer on record. One MW can power about 200 Texas homes during peak demand periods, typically hot summer days like this one, and about 500 homes during milder seasons.

Although there was sufficient generation to serve today’s electric use and other new records set in June, ERCOT reminds consumers to use power wisely. Conservation is especially important during peak use hours of 3-7 p.m. on hot summer days. Temperatures surpassed 100 degrees in several cities today, and most areas within the ERCOT region expect even higher temperatures for the remainder of the week.