CORPUS CHRISTI — Texans are encouraged to conserve power on the heels of users setting a new June record for peak electricity use, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT.
Electricity use hit 65,047 megawatts on June 25, besting the previous June record set in 2011 by more than 1,900 megawatts. The June 25 peak is more than 3,300 megawatts shy of the record use set on Aug. 3, 2011.
One megawatt is enough to power 200 homes during peak demand periods, according to ERCOT.
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