Energy & Environment

ERCOT Gearing Up For Record-Breaking Peak Power Demand This Summer

ERCOT said the risk of outages is likely lower than it was about a month ago.

Texas power grids could be strained this summer. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the state’s largest grid operator, said Monday it expects record-breaking demand for power during peak days this summer, alongside limited supplies of backup power. That’s why ERCOT could have to take action to prevent outages.

There should be enough power to go around this summer, but if it gets super hot, if it’s not quite breezy enough at wind farms, or if power plants go down, there could be problems. 

Pete Warnken, a resource adequacy manager for ERCOT, said operators do have ways to respond.

“And that would start with fully utilizing available generation capacity, and then if necessary implementing demand management procedures, deploying contracted resources that provide emergency capacity, and requesting support from our neighboring grids,” he said.

ERCOT said the risk of outages is likely lower than it was about a month ago. That’s because some power plants have increased their output, since they can make money responding to the scarcity.

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Travis Bubenik

Travis Bubenik

Energy & Environment Reporter

Travis Bubenik reports on the tangled intersections of energy and the environment in Houston and across Texas. A Houston native and proud Longhorn, he returned to the Bayou City after serving as the Morning Edition Host & Reporter for Marfa Public Radio in Far West Texas. Bubenik was previously the...

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