March 10 — The Electric Reliability Council of Texas predicts summer peak load will top out at 76,696 megawatts this summer if the weather is normal. That’s about 2.5 percent higher than last summer’s peak load of 74,820 megawatts set during the afternoon of Aug. 12, when a heat wave caused wholesale electricity prices to rise to $9,000 per megawatt hour.

— Midland Reporter-Telegram