ERCOT sets new record for June peak electricity demand

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the grid operator for most of Texas, saw a new June record for peak electric demand on June 25. Electric use during the 4 to 5 p.m. hour averaged out at 65,047 MW, according to ERCOT.

The previous record for June was 63,102 MW, which occurred on June 17, 2011. ERCOT’s all-time peak demand record occurred on Aug. 3, 2011, when electric use in the ERCOT region topped out at 68,379 MW.

With temperatures expected to remain hot through much of the week, ERCOT expects to see tight grid conditions continue during the 3 to 7 p.m. hours. The forecast for June 26, calls for electric use to exceed 66,000 MW, with the possibility of topping out at more than 67,000 MW.

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