AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which controls the flow of about 90% of the power in Texas, is asking residents to conserve power through Friday as temperatures in the state surge.
ERCOT says the power grid will likely be tighter due to a high number of forced generation outages.
On Monday, afternoon data from ERCOT indicates forecasted demand may exceed capacity during peak heat hours in the afternoon, and it’s not expected to change much during the week with temperatures close to 100 degrees.
“We will be conducting a thorough analysis with generation owners to determine why so many units are out of service,” said ERCOT Vice President of Grid Planning and Operations Woody Rickerson. “This is unusual for this early in the summer season.”
ERCOT has been under national scrutiny since February’s winter storm after outages left millions of Texans without heat or electricity under single-digit temperatures for days. ERCOT’s management — or mismanagement — of the crisis came to be near-universally acknowledged as a failure. With this judgment came increasing attention on its leadership.
In May, the council said its seasonal report for the summer months showed a low risk for emergency conditions from June through September, and it expects a peak summer energy demand of 77,144 megawatts.
Rickerson added at the time that the council can’t control the weather or forced generation outages but said ERCOT is “prepared to deploy the tools that are available to us to maintain a reliable electric system.”