By: Sergio Chapa |
With summer heat expected to top 100 degrees, electric providers are asking Texas residents to help ease power demand during peak times on Monday and Tuesday.
Houston utility company Reliant Energy sent out an alert on Sunday evening asking customers to reduce electricity usage from 2 to 6 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday.
Setting air conditioner thermostats to higher temperatures and not using large appliances such as washers, dryers and electric-powered ovens during those times can prevent rolling blackouts and brownouts on the state grid.
Although utility companies have switched much of the state power grid to cheaper and cleaner sources of power such as natural gas, solar and wind, demand from triple-digit weather can still strain supplies.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas reported that Lone Star State residents set another new record for weekend peak demand late Sunday afternoon.
Statewide electricity demand reached 71,864 megawatts between 5 and 6 p.m. Sunday, surpassing the previous record set on Saturday by 218 megawatts.
Houston homes and businesses accounted for more than one-fourth of that electricity demand, ERCOT records show.