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ERCOT Makes Push for Conservation

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ERCOT set a weekend record for peak-hour use Saturday and expects to break the all-time record Monday or Tuesday.

Yesterday's record 110 degrees at Camp Mabry and the prospect of an equally hot day today has the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) calling for more conservation today and into the new week.

"ERCOT broke a new record yesterday for peak weekend usage and it's likely that we'll hit a new all-time peak demand record on Monday or Tuesday," according to a prepared statement issued this afternoon. "We can't stress this enough; we need everyone to conserve electricity from 3-7 p.m."

Sizzling temperatures at or above 100 are expected through Wednesday. At noon Sunday, it had already hit 105 degrees.

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Ian Crawford joined KUT as News Editor in 2008, after spending over four years as a reporter/anchor at KLBJ Radio in Austin. He began his broadcasting career while still in high school in Southern Oregon. During high school and college at the University of Oregon, he worked at times as a reporter, news anchor, sports play-by-play reporter, music host and commercial producer before moving to Texas in 2003.