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We've tracked down and rounded up some of this week's top energy stories. 

Here are the articles that caught our eye. 

Utility Dive: ERCOT: High Temperatures Spark 4 Peak Demand Records

According to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), air conditioning load strained the electricity grid this week, setting four new peak records and nearly exceeding the peak demand the operator had projected. On Wednesday, the grid saw peak demand reach 70,531 megawatts (MW) and then 70,572 MW between 3 pm and 5 pm. The new peaks broke another record by more than 400 MW, which was only set on Monday.  

EIA: Southern California Natural Gas Inventories Nearly Flat This Injection Season

Storage operators generally inject natural gas into storage facilities in the summer to build up inventories before the winter months. However, this summer, natural gas inventories in Southern California have remained nearly flat. Southern California Gas Company's (SoCalGas) Aliso Canyon facility, which is by far the largest storage field in the region, is currently undergoing testing, following a leak that was detected in late October 2015 and stopped in February 2016. Approval from regulators is required before operators can begin to inject natural gas again. 

Direct Energy Business: New York's Clean Energy Standard and What Lies Ahead

Last week, the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) issued an order establishing the details of a program announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo in January. The Clean Energy Standard seeks to accomplish two important goals for the Cuomo administration: achieving 50 percent renewable content in power production by 2030 and preserving the economic viability of three upstate nuclear plants. Learn about the program's structure and implementation schedule. 

EIA: Hydroelectric Plants Account for More Than 70% of Brazil's Electric Generation

Have you wondered what's been powering the international games? According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), it's largely hydroelectric generation. Brazil generates the third-highest amount of electricity in the Americas, only behind the United States and Canada. Hydroelectricity provides more than 70 percent of Brazil's generation, with 158 hydroelectric plants in operation, totaling more than 89 gigawatts (GW). 

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