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Texas Power Grid Faces Test as 104-Degree Heat Bakes State

  • Dallas day-ahead power jumps 145% to $400 a megawatt-hour
  • Gas, coal generators running harder are at risk of breakdowns
A power substation in Dallas, Texas.
A power substation in Dallas, Texas.Photographer: Nitashia Johnson/Bloomberg
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Intensifying Texas heat is poised to test the power grid on Thursday with demand seen topping 80 gigawatts for the first time ever.

Ample winds twirling turbines are expected to bolster electricity supplies, reducing the threat or outages as homeowners and businesses crank up air conditioners across the second-largest US state, according to data from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas Inc.