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Record Electricity Usage Expected In Texas Tomorrow

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The state's electric grid operator, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), says it's expecting to set a winter record for power demand Thursday morning between 7 and 8 a.m. ERCOT is asking people to conserve power to help minimize the risk of rolling blackouts like the ones that swept across Texas last week.

Still, ERCOT's CEO, Trip Doggett, says there are no immediate concerns about more outages in the coming days.

While the grid is still down about 2,700 MW of generation capacity, the Houston Chronicle reports ERCOT is buying extra power to shore up the grid in anticipation of the cold weather in the next few days.

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