August 17, 2015
By Tom Kleckner
It had been four years since ERCOT last set a new demand record, but the Texas grid has been making up for lost time since August began. In the last two weeks, ERCOT has set three new hourly peaks, topping 69,000 MW in demand for the first time ever on Aug. 10.
ERCOT says while the summer temperatures are partly attributable to the increase, the state’s explosive population growth is the real driver.