May 13, 2020

Texans use less electricity in May

Texans use less electricity in May

Texans aren’t using as much electricity as usual as more people stay home because of the coronavirus and businesses have been slow to re-open.

Weekly electricity use in Texas dipped 3 to 4 percent during the first week of May, according to the state’s grid manager the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.

Weekday and weekend peaks were 2 to 3 percent lower than usual, according to ERCOT.

And electricity use in Texas between the usually busy morning hours from 6 to 10 a.m. has been dropping over the past several weeks,  reflecting economic activity has slowed statewide because of the spread of coronavirus.

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ERCOT reported that morning electricity use is as much as 10 percent less than normal. The report didn’t specify whether the drop was attributed to less residential, commercial or industrial use.

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