Energy & Environment

Texas’ Power Grid Hits Record For Peak Demand In May

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, anticipates setting a new record this week

Researchers are trying to determine weaknesses in the electrical grid.

Earlier this month Texas’ power grid hit new records for peak demand in the month of May.  The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, anticipates setting a new record this week, possibly more than once.

ERCOT monitors grid conditions 24/7 and even with unexpectedly high demand, officials say they do not anticipate e disruptions in service.

Some power generating units are currently offline for maintenance-which was planned for May because demand is usually lower than in the months of June through September.

ERCOT officials say most of the units will return to service in early June and will be available to help meet peak demand through the summer months.

In a statement, a spokesperson says ERCOT expects power generation will keep up with demand this week.

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