ERCOT declares new power emergency in Texas due to heat

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Houston, August 24, 2011 – The Electric Reliability Council of Texas initiated an electric emergency August 24 for the second day in a row as available power supplies strained to meet air conditioning load during a statewide heat wave.

ERCOT, system operator for the Texas‘ bulk transmission grid, declared an energy emergency alert level 1 due to responsive reserves dropping below 2,300 MW.

No rolling outages were reported and afternoon demand was not expected to break the record demand seen on August 3 of 68,294 MW. At 2:30 p.m., August 24, power demand exceeded 65,000 MW.

ERCOT urged residents and businesses to reduce electric use daily from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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