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November lives up to shoulder month reputation with mild temperatures
CoServ Lineman Jacob Barreiro received a call on a Saturday that he and his crew had one day to prepare to travel to Mississippi where an estimated 30,000 Coast Electric Power Association members were without power.
Mild October temperatures should keep electricity consumption down for CoServ’s Members’ next bill and it should be about the same as October 2019.
CoServ linemen are heading home from Mississippi after spending several days there restoring power in the aftermath of Hurricane Zeta. Coast Electric Power Association released them Wednesday and they started heading back to Texas Thursday morning.
Cold fronts and rainstorms kept temperatures lower this September compared to September 2019, which means less air conditioning usage and lower utility bills.
August certainly didn’t feel cool if you spent considerable time outside with temperatures topping 100 degrees or more on seven days but it actually was cooler than the same month last year. The average temperature for August was 86 degrees compared to 87.4 degrees in August 2019.
Temperatures were about the same this July compared to last year, which means CoServ Members should expect their electricity consumption to be about the same.
The state’s electric grid expects to set a record for peak load this summer, even after adjusting for COVID-19’s economic impact.
August is typically the hardest month to predict when it comes to electricity load and it's usually when the electric grid sets new records for peak demand. This year the COVID-19 pandemic throws a wrench into everything because many offices, schools and businesses won't be operating at full capacity or at all.
In the latest episode of the As A Meter Of Fact podcast, we ask Gary Franzen, CoServ's Director of Energy Services, to explain how an electric grid works and how CoServ and the state's grid operators maintain adequate load through extreme heat. He also explains the difference between a rotating outage and a brownout/blackout.