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ERCOT expects another record day for power usage

ERCOT says it is made enhancements to the grid that ought to have the ability to deal with the triple-digit warmth forecast by the weekend.

HOUSTON — ERCOT officers mentioned demand on the state’s power grid hit a brand new record Thursday and it might occur once more as we speak. But they are saying the grid is as much as the problem.

“Today we’re hitting a peak that really we hadn’t expected to hit until August: 77,000 megawatts,” mentioned KHOU 11 power knowledgeable Ed Hirs.

Hirs says the contribution to the Texas grid from wind and photo voltaic is just not as excessive because the earlier week.

“That means that we need almost everybody else to be in the game,” he mentioned.

Hirs instructed KHOU 11 if some items journey off, ERCOT might must name for rolling blackouts.

CHECK THE GRID: Real-time have a look at ERCOT grid’s provide and demand 

“If they do institute the rolling blackouts, it shouldn’t be more than the 30 to 45 minutes each, if you will, and across a very small percentage of the grid because it won’t take that much to get us back into good shape,” he mentioned.

A spokesperson for the statewide grid operator instructed KHOU:

“ERCOT projects sufficient generation to meet possible record demand today. ERCOT is monitoring conditions closely and will deploy all available tools to manage the grid reliably. ERCOT continues to coordinate closely with the Public Utility Commission as well as generation resource owners and transmission utilities to ensure they are prepared.”

Peter Lake, Chairman of the Public Utility Commission, which oversees ERCOT, instructed state lawmakers on the House Committee for State Affairs on Thursday they’ve in-built a much bigger margin of security for the reason that earlier summer season.

“We’re buying more reserves and adjusting the amount of reserves we have at any given time to real-time conditions, which was never done before,” mentioned Lake. “A hurricane, a drought, a heat wave, for example.”

Lake instructed lawmakers he’s already seen outcomes from these adjustments.

 “In the last 12 months, we’ve had at least six days where the grid reserves were so low that if he had not built in that margin of safety and those extra reserves, we would have been on the brink of rolling blackouts,” mentioned Lake.

A spokesperson for CenterPoint Energy instructed KHOU 11 as of Thursday afternoon, ERCOT had not issued any calls for conservation, including:

“In preparation for the upcoming extreme hot weather this weekend, we will increase Electric Operations staffing levels to respond as safely and quickly as possible to potential issues caused by high temperatures.”

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