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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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.