ERCOT Promises Texans Will Not Lose Power For the Remainder of the Summer
After the failure of the electric grid in February, many Texans are skeptical that they will not see power failures during the hottest months of the summer.
According to the Texas Tribune, electricity regulators in Texas are saying there will be no outages for the rest of the summer because the grid is in good shape to withstand any extreme weather that should come up.
Officials with the Public Utility Commission which oversees the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) say they are calling on more reserve power to combat warmer weather that is expected during the month of August, which is historically the warmest month in Texas.
The Texas Electricity market has historically operated by prioritizing cheap power first and then reliability, but this summer officials with the PUC say the order is being reversed.
Regulators are working to regain the trust of Texans and Peter Lake, Chairman of the Public Utility Commission, said they are committed to doing that.
“Through more extensive communication [and] more clarity in our communication to make sure that the message that we’re sending translates clearly from a very complex grid-management operation to language that everyday folks will understand,” Lake said. “And that’s no small task.”
The state is still reeling from the 702 deaths compiled from the failure of the electric grid in February, so to say the task is a monumental one is not much of an exaggeration.