Texas Electric Grid Is Straining Against Heat Wave

Transmission towers are seen near the CenterPoint Energy power plant on July 11, 2022 in Houston, Texas.

Transmission towers are seen near the CenterPoint Energy power plant on July 11, 2022 in Houston, Texas.
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It’s hot as hell in Texas right now, and the sky-high temperatures are taking a toll on the state’s power grid. Excessive heat warnings and advisories are in effect for most of the state today, according to the National Weather Service.

“Record-breaking Texas heat caused by a stationary upper level ridge will continue for the next few days. High temperatures will be between 100 and 110 degrees throughout south Texas,” he said NWS alarm said.

There will not be much recovery for the state in the evening and night hours, so the power grid will struggle to keep up with the high energy demands. In response, the state grid operator urged people to get involved. “ERCOT has issued a voluntary conservation notice for today from 4pm to 8pm due to the extreme heat and record demand forecast,” said the Texas Electrical Reliability Council tweeted on Tuesday.

The Texans will be under severe pressure turn off their air conditioner. The Houston area is hot for about 10 minutes 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius) and heat indexes of around 120 degrees Fahrenheit (48 degrees Celsius). In nearby Gavelston, temperatures have hit 91 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius) and heat indicators are hovering around 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 degrees Celsius). According to this, the temperature in the Austin area today is 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius). the NWS.

Some citizens are already involuntarily without electricity. According to the information, more than 50,000 customers in the state have been without power since this afternoon Poweroutage.us. And those outages could continue — Texas is facing multiple outages more days from high temperatures.

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Zack Zwiezen

Zack Zwiezen is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Zack Zwiezen joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing zackzwiezen@ustimespost.com.

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