Despite blazing temperatures statewide, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas said the state’s power grid is holding steady and no blackouts are predicted.
In San Antonio Wednesday, temperatures quickly rose toward the century mark. The predicted high for the day was about six degrees above average.
ERCOT issued a statement saying it is not worried about high energy use caused by the hot temperatures.
"With widespread hot temperatures around the state, ERCOT currently expects peak demand to exceed 64,000 megawatts (MW) today. There currently is plenty of generation available to serve the anticipated needs,” the emailed statement read.
Tricia and Jon Lewis, visiting from Mississippi, did not mind the heat for the most part. Tricia, however, said it is essential for people to plan ahead.
"You have to drink plenty of water and walk in the shade when you can,” Lewis said. “But it's hot."
Donna McGowan, a visitor along with her daughter, Jamie, from Louisiana, also complained about the heat.
"The heat is tremendous,” McGowan said. “It's so hard to live with."
ERCOT earlier this year explained the elaborate way it monitors and reacts to changing conditions in electric usage.
"The main thing is to keep the lights on,” said Dan Woodfin, ERCOT’s director of systems operation at its Taylor headquarters. “How do we do that? We make sure that we've got adequate generating capacity online."
The last few days ERCOT said the power use in Texas has climbed toward the peak of this year.
Warren Lasher, ERCOT’s director of system planning, earlier this year said the system in place can handle the load as long as power plants can keep on generating.
"We really are not expecting to see a need for rotating outages this summer," Lasher said.
Any outage would be tough with temperatures this hot.
The peak electric usage this year was on June 27 at 64,427 Megawatts.
The highest all time usage was back in August 2011, when more than 68,000 megawatts was used during the hottest summer in San Antonio history.