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Texans asked to reduce energy use again as ongoing heat wave strains power grid

The latest conservation request from ERCOT — the third in the past week — sought to reduce power demand from 3 to 10 p.m. Thursday.

An oil rig operates nearby Texas Farm to Market Road 81 Thursday, Aug. 17, 2023 outside of Helena. An explosion of hydrocarbon industry arrived in Karnes County around 2007 upon the discovery of the Eagle Ford Shale, one of the United State’s three largest shales rich in oil and natural gas.

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