The Texas economy is slowly reopening as retailers, restaurants and gyms restart their businesses, but Texans aren’t using more electricity.
The state’s grid manager, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, reported that Texans used 3 to 4 percent less electricity last week than expected based on a model drawn up before the coronavirus pandemic forced much of the economy to shut down.
The rate of reduction of electricity use is about the same percentage drop seen for the past several weeks, including weeks in which much of Texas was under stay-at-home orders to avoid the spread of coronavirus.
One of the biggest changes seen in electricity use is from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., when most people are waking up and getting ready for work. But last week, during those hours, electricity use fell by 6 to 12 percent less last week during those early morning hours, ERCOT said.