"Unseasonably hot weather" was driving record demand across Texas. ERCOT asks all Texans to curb power usage where they can, including raising their thermostat to 78 degrees or higher between the hours of peak usage (3 p.m. to 8 p.M.)

ERCOT says six power plants dropped off the grid Friday, resulting in a loss of about 2,900 MW. That's enough electricity to power roughly 580,000 homes. Since that time the demand has been dropping. At 5:30 p.m., ERCOT had operating reserves of roughly 3,400 MW.

NBC 5's Chief Meteorologist Rick Mitchell recommends taking heat precautions this weekend. Don't overexert yourself in the heat. Be sure to stay hydrated too. Also, keep your pets cool and watered. The National Weather Service is predicting highs in the 90s and low 100s.
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