The Electric Reliability Council of Texas recorded its highest-ever energy usage this summer, which officials say was the by-product of a hotter-than-normal summer and drought conditions. Although ERCOT, whose primary control center is located in Taylor, avoided implementing rotating power outages, the nonprofit corporation that manages about 85 percent of the state’s electricity load is looking ahead to determine how to deal with next summer if Texas remains in a severe drought.

ERCOT hit its peak demand Aug. 3, when the system reached 68,379 megawatts as customers used more air conditioning to combat the heat.

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