Reduced demand alleviates electric emergency

June 28, 2011 1:55:32 AM PDT
The manager of the Texas electrical grid is crediting conservation efforts for a peak electrical demand Monday that was less than it had feared when it declared an emergency. The Energy Reliability Council of Texas said in a statement that demand peaked at 62,762 megawatts between 4 and 5 p.m. Monday, short of the forecast of more than 65,000 megawatts.

ERCOT had declared a Level 1 Energy Emergency Alert and asked consumers and businesses to reduce their energy use from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday. The Level 1 alert allowed ERCOT to tap into power from neighboring grids.

ERCOT Vice President Kent Saathoff said unseasonably hot weather and the loss of several generating units prompted the emergency. A later ERCOT statement says those units will be in service Tuesday.