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For second time this week, ERCOT asks Texans, businesses to conserve energy

The Energy Reliability Council of Texas is once again asking Texans to conserve energy Wednesday as record heat and power demand continues across the state.

ERCOT issued a conservation appeal, asking Texas residents and businesses to conserve electricity between 2-8 p.m. of Wednesday. ERCOT said conditions similar to those seen Monday are expected. Texans and businesses answered Monday’s call for conservation and helped meet record energy demand by reducing power use by 500 megawatts, ERCOT said.

“Conservation is a reliability tool that ERCOT has deployed more than four dozen times since 2008 to successfully manage grid operations,” ERCOT said in a news release issued Wednesday. “This notice is issued when projected reserves may fall below 2300 MW for 30 minutes or more.”

ERCOT said record high electricity demand, low wind, forced heat outages and reduced solar generation are among the factors driving its call for energy conservation on Wednesday.

The high energy demand comes amid extreme heat. The National Weather Service is predicting high temperatures in San Marcos around 103 degrees Wednesday and has issued a heat advisory.

The Public Utilities Commission recommends turning thermostats up a degree or two during peak hours to reduce electricity use as well as defer running large appliances or pool pumps in the afternoon.

ERCOT said no system-wide power outages are expected.

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