Texas says they will have enough power for summer months
ERCOT published their Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy report for the summer on Monday, stating that the agency will have adequate electricity even though there will be high demand
Even though Texans will need more electricity in the upcoming summer months, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) says they are ready and able.
ERCOT published their Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy (SARA) report for the summer on Monday, stating that the agency will have adequate electricity even though there will be high demand.
"The ERCOT region is expected to have sufficient installed generating capacity to serve peak demands in the upcoming summer season, June - September 2022, under normal system conditions and most of the reserve capacity risk scenarios examined," the SARA report said.
The report predicts the amount of electricity used and the state’s power grid demand. They are forecasting a new system-wide peak demand record for the region.
"With continued economic growth across the state, ERCOT anticipates a summer 2022 peak demand of 77,317 MW, which accounts for load reductions based on an incremental rooftop solar capacity forecast," the report stated.
On Friday, ERCOT sent a notice urging residents to set their thermostats to 78-degrees or above and avoid using large appliances during peak usage hours.
ERCOT said six power generation facilities tripped offline during the afternoon, which resulted in the loss of 2,900 MW of electricity.
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A heatwave continues to push temperatures into the upper 90s and even exceed 100 in the Lone Star State through the workweek.
ERCOT has been the subject of reviews and widespread criticism after a winter storm disrupted the power grid, leaving some residents without heat for days.
Since the event, ERCOT leaders have said work has made the grid more reliable and better able to handle disruptions.