Last year’s blazing heat helped push up electricity use in Texas by 5 percent, the state’s main grid operator reports, and growing power demand will continue to put pressure on supplies this year.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which manages the grid for most of Texas, said in a study out this week that April and July had the highest year-over-year energy increases – 14.4 percent in April and 12.2 percent in July compared with 2010.

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