CPS Energy tells some San Antonio customers to reduce electricity as ERCOT announces record demand – mySA

The San Antonio-owned utility sent out a voicemail notice on Monday around noon asking its Power Player Program customers to reduce their usage from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

“We will then let you know how efficient you were and how you stack up against your neighbors in reducing your electricity,” says the CPS Energy voicemail.

The Power Player Program sends out notices to customers on how they can conserve energy. The voicemail from CPS Energy didn’t mention the San Antonio heat or the expected record demand on the Texas power grid specifically, but it arrives amid these events. 

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas said on Sunday that the power grid surpassed the previous record  for electricity demand, cresting 75,000 megawatts for the first time. It beat the August 2019 record of 74,800 megawatts.

Even though the National Weather Service expects cooler temps in San Antonio this week, the Alamo City has already experienced a dozen 100-degree days. CPS Energy has already been in a yellow advisory day as well, which asks customers to do things like adjusting their thermostats to help conserve energy.

ERCOT anticipates breaking Sunday’s record again with 76,853 megawatts on Monday around 4 p.m., which is around the same time CPS Energy is asking its Power Player Customers to conserve energy. 

MySA reached out to CPS Energy for comment, but did not receive an immediate response.

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