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Grid operator issues power use alert

An alert calling for electricity conservation was issued Thursday to help protect the stressed Texas electric grid.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas is asking electric consumers to limit their electricity usage today during the peak hours of 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The string of 100-degree-plus days led to record-setting power demand on three different days this month, most recently on Monday, according to ERCOT. Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday asked residents to conserve.

“Although we set new peak demand records without needing to issue a conservation alert during the past week, the high temperatures statewide continue to drive high levels of electricity use,” said Dan Woodfin, ERCOT director of System Operations, in the alert warning.

“Generation units on the system have been working hard to keep up with recent demands,” Woodfin added.  “Some of them have experienced outages today, contributing to tighter conditions.”

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