The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, this afternoon declared the second Energy Emergency Alert this week, urging Texans to reduce electricity consumption or run the risk of rolling blackouts, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
ERCOT says the triple digit temperatures across the state have stretched the state's generating resources to the maximum.. Electricity demand set a record today.
Customers are urged to avoid using heavy appliances, like dryers and dishwashers, during the peak of the afternoon heat, between 4 and 7 PM.
Also, turn down the a/c, turn it off if nobody is home, and turn off swimming pool pumps.
ERCOT warned at the beginning of the summer that the first Emergency Alerts since 2014 were likely.. ERCOT cited the state's growing population, today's 24/7 business cycle which keeps workplaces open after 5PM, when families are back from work and school, the growing use of electrical devices, and the fact that many utilities, including CPS Energy, have recently decommissioned older, coal fired power generation plants to fight air pollution and climate change.