Heat Takes Toll On First Responders; State's Power Grid

Alan Scaia
July 20, 2018 - 5:44 am

© Cathysbelleimage | Dreamstime.com


DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - This stretch of triple-digit heat continues taking a toll on first responders and the state's power grid. 

Texas set a record for electric use twice yesterday afternoon.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) says the state set records in two consecutive hours, topping 73,000 megawatts in demand for the first time ever.

ERCOT says one megawatt can power about 200 homes in Texas during peak usage. ERCOT says Texas is dealing with its most extreme temperatures in several years, and more people are moving here to put more demand on the state's electric grid.

MedStar, the ambulance provider in Fort Worth, had 19 calls about the heat yesterday. MedStar officials say that's just three short of its record for a single day. 14 of those patients went to the hospital ... one in critical condition.