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ERCOT Tops All-Time Winter Peak Demand Record

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2016 continues to be a record-setting year for electricity demand in Texas. 

Recently, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) – which operates most of the state’s power grid – announced that it set a new all-time record for winter peak electricity demand. 

While experiencing a recent cold front, ERCOT reported a new hourly peak record of 57,958 megawatts (MW) between 7 and 8 a.m. on December 19. The new mark topped the previous winter peak record of 57,265 MW set back on February 10, 2011.

The new winter peak comes shortly after the grid operator projected a nine percent increase in peak load for this past fall. It also comes hot on the heels of the region's record-breaking summer demand.

Back in August, ERCOT experienced record-breaking demand three times in one week, with electricity use in the ERCOT market exceeding 71,000 megawatts (MW) in system-wide hourly peak demand. On August 11, 2016, ERCOT’s demand hit 71,043 MW between 3 and 4 p.m. and then topped out at 71,197 MW between 4 and 5 p.m. 

For the latest news and information out of ERCOT, check out our most recent ERCOT regulatory update

Posted: December 27, 2016

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