ERCOT Not Sure If Texans May Face Power Outages This Summer
The heat we’re experiencing here in June has increased the demand for electricity, and you know it's only going to get hotter. This is Texas, after all.
After that cold snowy episode we went through back in February, hearing things like that makes me nervous, but I'll continue.
On Monday, ERCOT (The Electric Reliability Council Of Texas) asked residents of the Lone Star State to reduce their electricity usage through Friday as a precaution. That included setting our thermostats at 78. How many people are going to do that?
Well, maybe if they knew what's going on.
According to KWTX and the Texas Tribune, a number of power plants are currently off-line.
There were reportedly around 12,000 Megawatts of power unavailable, which would equal about 2.4 million homes affected to some extent.
While a fraction of it was replaced by yesterday, the Texas Power Grid must balance supply and demand at all times.
ERCOT officials say it’s unlikely they would need to implement outages as we had in February, but what's unclear is if we will experience widespread electricity blackouts this summer when things really get hot.
As I mentioned earlier, ERCOT is suggesting that Texans reduce electricity by setting the thermostat to 78° or a comfortable temperature, turning off pool pumps and lights, and unplugging appliances not being used. Also stay away from using large appliances like ovens, washing machines, and dryers as much as possible.
We’ll keep you updated on this.
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