March 1 — The worst case scenario would be a repeat of the summer of 2011, when ERCOT frequently urged customers to raise thermostats and cut power consumption. If such steps don’t succeed, ERCOT’s next step would typically be to cut off power to large consumers – such as industrial plants.
Is a policy analyst for TCAP, a coalition of cities and other political subdivisions that purchase electricity in the deregulated market for their own governmental use. Because high energy costs can impact municipal budgets and the ability to fund essential services, TCAP, as part of its mission, actively promotes affordable energy policies. High energy prices also place a burden on local businesses and home consumers.