HOUSTON — The battle to avoid rolling blackouts as power demand reaches record levels in Texas’ unrelenting hot weather has become a daily drama that can turn on a few degrees or the unexpected shutdown of one of the state’s power-generating units.

Officials were cautiously hopeful Monday that expected lower temperatures this week across the state would mean the system will hold up without significant power outages for Texans.

Trip Doggett, CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the state’s electric grid operator, said “things are looking better,” as temperatures this week were forecast to be one to three degrees lower than last week, when the blistering heat contributed to a record peak daily demand of 68,295 megawatts. ERCOT escaped resorting to rotating residential power outages by shedding large industrial and commercial users by prior arrangement.

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