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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…

Texas Second Day of Power Outages May Be Avoided

February 3, 2011 Comments off

A second day of controlled power outages by some utilities might not be needed in Texas in response to huge electric demand following a winter storm.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas early Thursday said “immediate concerns for the possibility of rotating outages this morning are reduced.”   But ERCOT said the agency would continue to monitor the state’s electric grid for additional unexpected losses of generation, a day after the problem led to mandated outages across the ERCOT system.

Wednesday night, ERCOT said in a statement that electricity demand hit record highs and to be aware of the possibility of more rolling outages.   See their original statement below.

Residents and businesses across Texas and in Brown County experienced rolling blackouts Wednesday due to the bitterly cold weather, and those blackouts could continue into Read more…