ERCOT Says The Grid Is Ready For This Summer
Good news! The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, also known as ERCOT, is assuring Texans that the grid will be ready for the Summer despite record demand.
On Thursday, ERCOT announced in a statement that the risk for emergency conditions remains low for this Summer. ERCOT is seeking to reassure Texans after a winter storm that plunged much of the state into darkness and after last month's surprise announcement that customers needed to conserve energy during a mild Spring day.
According to the Dallas Morning News, ERCOT has studied different scenarios for this Summer.
“While the risk for emergency conditions remains low this summer based on many of the scenarios studied, a combination of factors in real time, including record demand, high thermal generation outages and low wind/solar output could result in tight grid conditions,” Rickerson said in a statement about the summer report. “We cannot control the weather or forced generation outages, but we are prepared to deploy the tools that are available to us to maintain a reliable electric system.”
In the statement, ERCOT also explained that some of the risk for this summer comes from a changing mix of generation resources.
Lubbock will begin switching to the ERCOT grid at the end of May. According to a previous KFYO news story, the first customers that will be switched over will be moved over on May 29 and 30. You can read more about what to expect, including any power disruption, at this link.
In Austin, state lawmakers are still dealing with legislation addressing ERCOT and what happened during the winter storm. Lawmakers are expected to pass legislation regarding ERCOT before the end of the session.