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State electric grid strains amid record heat; Austin breaks 86-year-old record

August 25, 2011 Comments off

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It was so hot Wednesday that power plants across the state stuttered amid high demand, prompting the manager of the electric grid for much of the state to order about 100 large industrial customers to shut down for more than two hours as electricity reserves dipped dangerously low.

In Austin, temperatures Wednesday reached 106 at Camp Mabry — the 70th day of triple-digit heat, breaking an 86-year-old record.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas declared a Level Read more…