Most people don’t think very deeply or very often about how the Electric Reliability Council of Texas does its job — until about, say, 4 p.m. on any number of sweaty days in August. Then it becomes a very big deal, especially if ERCOT doesn’t do its job well.

Under the direction of the Public Utility Commission, ERCOT manages the electric power grid for 85 percent of Texas. If it isn’t able to gather enough electricity from independently owned power generators to keep the lights and air conditioners going on days of peak demand, ERCOT, by definition, has failed.

Find the full article at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.