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ERCOT requests conservation during today's peak demand hours

ERCOT issues emergency energy conservation alert

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SAN ANTONIO – The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is asking power customers to limit or reduce their electrical use until 7 p.m. Thursday.

The state's electric grid operator cites peak demand records related to high temperatures across the Lone Star State.

KSAT Meteorologist Justin Horne said South Texas -- and the Hill Country, in particular -- has seen near-record high temperatures during the last week.

ERCOT officials report that a new demand record was hit on Monday, with total demand reaching 69,783 megawatts.

ERCOT issued the following suggestions for limiting power use during the peak demand hours:

  • Turn thermostat up 2-3 degrees during the peak hours of 3 to 7 p.m.
  • Set programmable thermostats to higher temperatures when no one is home.
  • If home, use fans to feel 4-6 degrees cooler.
  • Schedule pool pumps to run in the early morning or overnight hours; shut off between 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Limit use of large appliances (dishwasher, washer, dryer, etc.) to morning or after 7 p.m.
  • If you cook indoors from 3 to 7 p.m., use a microwave or slow cooker.
  • Close blinds and drapes during late afternoon.