With summer just around the corner, state officials are voicing concern about power-generation capacity.

Based on a preliminary summer assessment released by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the state-grid operator and manager of the wholesale-electric market, supplies of electricity are expected to be tight.

“Based on the National Weather Service’s three-month outlook, we are expecting above-normal temperatures this summer, though not as extreme as last summer,” Vice President of Grid Operations and System Planning Kent Saathoff said. “If that’s the case, we expect to be able to meet the peak demand on the grid, unless we have above-normal generation outages.”

Saathoff noted that initiatives are underway to increase voluntary-demand reduction during peak summer hours.

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