On Sunday, a heat wave caused electricity use in Texas to reach an all-time high, but the state’s power grid appeared to hold up without major disruption.

According to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the Power demand surpassed 75 gigawatts at around 5:15 p.m., surpassing the previous record of 74.8 gigawatts in August 2019, but assured the public that the state’s capacity remained well above that.

According to the Texas power grid operator, ERCOT which manages electric power for more than 26 million Texas customers said that they represent 90% of the state’s electric load.

Bloomberg News noted:

“Demand on the power grid topped 74.9 gigawatts at 4:50 p.m. local time, surpassing a record set in August 2019, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which runs the system.”

For reference, one gigawatt can provide energy to 200,000 homes. ERCOT said while it can handle the record demand for the latest heat wave, Texans will pay DOUBLE the rates to stay cool.

More details of this report from Bloomberg News:

Electricity use soared to an all-time high in Texas amid a searing heat wave, topping levels last seen before the coronavirus pandemic.

The record underscores the searing heat and rampant population growth underway in Texas as tech, aerospace and manufacturing companies flock to the state to take advantage of low taxes and relatively cheap labor. It’s also a potentially grim harbinger of what’s to come this summer. While Texas regularly tops 100 degrees (38 Celsius), it’s early in the season for temperatures to be so extreme. The state had its second-hottest May on record, the National Centers for Environmental Information said Wednesday.

It’s particularly remarkable for the region to set a power-use record on a weekend, when electricity demand is typically lower because many office buildings and factories are closed.

Dallas was forecast to hit 105 on Sunday. Houston will be 100. And Midland will be 103, according to the National Weather Service.

Demand is forecast to peak Sunday shortly before 6 p.m. local time, at about 75 gigawatts.

Sources: Thegatewaypundit, Bloomberg

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