On Monday, the Texas power grid record was again broken. At its peak, power demand was over 76,600 megawatts – breaking last weeks record of 75,080 megawatts.
In a recent weather update, ERCOT said this was the warmest April that Texas has seen since 2012 and warmest May on record.
This summer closely resembles the summer of 2011, said ERCOT. However, this summer is trending to be even hotter with 105-degree, or hotter, days being frequent.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas recently suggested a few ways for residents to lower their power usage which includes raising thermostats to 78 degrees and using large appliances (dishwashers, laundry machines, etc.) during peak hours.
However, many Texans seemingly disagreed with those suggestions being that the biggest stressor of breaking the power demand record was air conditioners.
ERCOT has said it expects to meet the high demand for power. So far, despite record temperatures, there have been no power conservation alerts issued.