In Texas, a Push to Save Power at Peak Times

Last summer, when temperatures soared above 100 day after day, Robert Rhea’s thermostat took on a life of its own.

“[My] thermostat would be shut down for 15 minutes, just boom!” said Rhea, the owner of a Dallas-area business called Integrity Coatings. “You lose control of it completely."

Rhea is among the small but growing number of Texans who are signed up to assist the electric grid when it is strained, which occasionally happens when afternoon heat sends air conditioners into overdrive. The idea is to find ways to cut power use during those times of strain, which can ...

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