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Historic low temperatures set new peak energy demand record for ERCOT

Cold temperatures have led to a new energy consumption record. (Cropped Photo: John Talbot / CC BY 2.0)

Thanks to record low temperatures on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas set new winter peak demands for energy use.

ERCOT says between 7 and 8 a.m. on Wednesday morning, a new record of 65,731 megawatts was set, higher than the 62,855 MW set during a cold snap earlier this month.

In an effort to conserve energy, ERCOT asks that you take steps like setting your thermostat to no higher that 68 degrees, avoid running large appliances during peak energy demand hours, and turn off and unplug non-essential lights and appliances.

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