FAST FIVE: Texas Power Grid Operator Urges Customers To Conserve Electricity After Six Plants Go Offline

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“That means the 2,900 megawatts that went offline are enough to power about 580,000 homes,” it noted.  Heading into the weekend, ERCOT warned about a heatwave that would send electricity demand to record levels.

With 2,900 MW of electricity removed from the grid as energy demand increases, this could strain the state's power system.   PowerOutage.US shows that 14,000 customers in Texas are without power on Saturday morning.  * * *  An early summer heatwave pattern continues to boil parts of the Central and Southern Plains.

Now the next round of heat has the power grid operator concerned.  ERCOT issued an operating conditions notice (OCN) for extremely hot weather.

The OCN begins on Friday and lasts through next Wednesday.

More triple digit heat is in store for early next week.

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