July 19 — The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which operates that grid that covers most of the state, says demand peaked at 73,259 megawatts between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday, breaking the previous hour’s record of 72,691 megawatts. The previous record of 71,438 megawatts was only one day old, having been set between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Is a policy analyst for TCAP, a coalition of cities and other political subdivisions that purchase electricity in the deregulated market for their own governmental use. Because high energy costs can impact municipal budgets and the ability to fund essential services, TCAP, as part of its mission, actively promotes affordable energy policies. High energy prices also place a burden on local businesses and home consumers.