Another day in Texas, another record day for electricity use
The state's biggest electricity grid said power demand set another record for June on Tuesday at 66,500 megawatts. Monday's demand was also a record at 65,000 megawatts, said the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which serves about 85 percent of Texans. Temperatures were above 100 degrees for much of the state. Also Tuesday, ERCOT announced a new pilot program, the 30-minute Emergency Response Service, that gives eligible participants a half-hour to respond to ERCOT requests to reduce electric use. "The program is open to electric users -- either as individual customers or as part of an aggregated group of consumers -– who can reduce demand on the ERCOT grid by at least 100 kilowatts, about the amount 20 homes use during peak demand," ERCOT said in a prepared release. ERCOT can "procure up to a total of 150 megawatts for the pilot, which will begin in mid-July. ERCOT will operate the pilot program on a quarterly basis for up to nine months to evaluate its long-term feasibility," it said.
-- Jim Fuquay