This week the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which operates the power grid for the state’s deregulated market, said it expects the state will have plenty of power to meet peak electricity demand this summer. That’s reassuring after a colder-than-expected winter produced rolling blackouts in February. ERCOT’s annual summer assessment, though, assumes that electricity demand will fall this summer from last year’s record. ERCOT now says it should have plenty of reserve cushion to meet that demand, although an assessment earlier in the year raised concerns about ERCOT’s ability to meet demand over the longer term.

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