January 09, 2017
ERCOT sets new winter peak demand and January peak demand records
AUSTIN, TX, Jan. 9, 2017 – ERCOT set another new winter demand record on Jan. 6, 2017. Electricity demand reached 59,650 MW during the 6-7 p.m. hour, blowing right past the previous winter record of 57,924 MW set just a couple weeks earlier on Dec. 19, 2016.
Systemwide demand surpassed the previous record four hours in a row Jan. 6 between 6 and 10 p.m. and two hours in a row on Jan. 7 between 7 and 9 a.m.
ERCOT’s new winter peak record also represents a new January peak record, which was previously 57,256 MW set Jan. 7, 2014.
*These numbers are preliminary and are subject to change pending final settlement in the ERCOT market.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) manages the flow of electric power to 24 million Texas customers -- representing about 90 percent of the state’s electric load. As the independent system operator for the region, ERCOT schedules power on an electric grid that connects more than 46,500 miles of transmission lines and 570+ generation units. It also performs financial settlement for the competitive wholesale bulk-power market and administers retail switching for 7 million premises in competitive choice areas.
ERCOT is a membership-based 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation, governed by a board of directors and subject to oversight by the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Texas Legislature. Its members include consumers, cooperatives, generators, power marketers, retail electric providers, investor-owned electric utilities, transmission and distribution providers and municipally owned electric utilities.