AUSTIN (August 29, 2011)—The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which operates the state’s power grid, says demand for electricity could be at an all-time high Monday or Tuesday after a record-breaking weekend for usage, and they’re urging residents to conserve, especially between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
ERCOT handles about 85 percent of the state’s electric load, managing the flower of power to about 23 million customers.
Temperature records fell over the weekend in Central Texas.
On Sunday, the official temperature at Waco Regional Airport soared to 109 degrees, breaking the old record of 104 set in 1998 and the official high temperature Saturday for Central Texas rose to 110, shattering a 21-year-old record and edging to within just two degrees of the highest official temperature ever recorded here.
The high Saturday was four degrees higher than the previous record of 106 set in 1990.
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