This morning I went to the iPhone’s App Store and downloaded the new mobile app from ERCOT, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which manages the Texas grid. It’s free, and we’re grid junkies here at StateImpact Texas, so why not take it for a spin?
So how’s the app? It’s okay. Much of the content is static, like conservation tips and some facts about the group. The main page, however, shows real-time load on the grid (as of this writing, 45,226 MW) and the forecast peak demand for the day. It’s the same info (and graphic) from ERCOT’s home page, and in the age of flashy energy apps and devices like NEST, it feels a little behind the times.
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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.