Texas grid declares power emergency due to heatwave

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Posted: Aug 24, 2011 5:14 PM

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)