The Texas electric grid will be baking under its first heat wave of the summer this week.
The forecast demand is already approaching the highest demand from last year, which occurred later in the summer.
ERCOT, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, runs the grid, and predicts that demand Monday and Tuesday will be more than 65,000 megawatts. That’s just short of actual peak demand on August 3, 2011, when a 68,379-megawatts demand forced ERCOT to call for sudden conservation to avoid rolling blackouts.
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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.