HOUSTON (Reuters) - The Texas power grid agency initiated an electric emergency on Wednesday for the second day in a row as available power supplies strained to meet air conditioning load during a statewide heat wave.
No rolling outages were reported and afternoon demand was not expected to break the record demand seen on August 3 of 68,294 megawatts.
The Texas grid operator has urged residents and businesses to reduce electric use daily from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. CDT.
At 2:30 p.m., power demand exceeded 65,000 MW.
The grid agency declares the first step of its emergency plan when power reserves needed to avoid a widespread blackout fall below 2,300 MW.
(Reporting by Eileen O'Grady)