Extreme weather conditions could have operators of the state’s power grid on the edge of their seats in the coming winter months and again next summer.
The key word in the prediction is “extreme.”
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), operator of the state’s power grid, anticipates having enough generating capacity this winter as long as there are normal or colder-than-normal temperatures, even if some units go offline.
But if extreme weather forces more generating units offline than normal like last winter, ERCOT may need to trigger rolling black-outs to maintain the integrity of the system as a whole.
Read the full article at The Hillsboro Reporter.
Is a policy analyst consultant for TCAP, a coalition of political subdivisions in Texas that purchase electricity in the deregulated market for their own governmental use. Because energy costs are typically a significant budget item to our members, TCAP is consistently looking for ways to save our members money, through cost-saving contracts, energy efficiency or demand response programs.