Back to school could bring big power problems across Texas.
School air conditioners are already whining, and when classes start Monday, the state’s 8,317 public schools could strain the power grid.
“The main concern is as long as we’re still having these high temperatures, we’re going to have high electricity demand on the grid,” said ERCOT spokesperson Dottie Roark. “And whenever we have that high demand it means we’re tight on our capacity.”
Altogether, Texas schools add about 1500 megawatts of demand to the state’s power grid – enough to have caused rolling blackouts in both July and early August.
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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.