Population Growth Taxes Electric Grid

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Aug 15, 2011 Comments Off

The Texas population grew by almost 5 million people over the last decade, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. This staggering population growth, which is more than any other state in the country, is creating an unprecedented demand for electricity in Texas.

Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) aims to maintain a minimum of 12.5 percent energy reserves to keep the grid stable. However, last month, ERCOT reported that reserves were plummeting to near 6 percent during peak hours of the day. Read more about the energy emergency in Texas.