If the forecast proves accurate, the 2020 summer peak will beat the all-time peak record set on August 12, 2019.
The grid operator began monitoring shifting usage patterns about a month ago as large numbers of Texans began working from home.
As Independent Market Monitor, Bivens will be charged with identifying potential design flaws in the ERCOT market and with guarding against manipulation by power traders.
The Southern Cross Transmission Project seeks to create a direct-current transmission link between ERCOT and the Southeastern United States using a transmission line through Louisiana and Mississippi.
ERCOT technicians and market participants already have begun taking steps to ensure the grid continues functioning reliably.