POV: Power Breakfast

Power Breakfast for March 3, 2015

ERCOT grid ready for predicted record summer power demand


POV: Power Breakfast

A nearly daily round-up of news for your consideration:

  • The Electric Reliability Council of Texas on Monday forecasted record power demand this summer peaking at 69,000 megawatts of electricity. The Dallas Morning News says that’s unlikely, given that ERCOT’s predictions have run about 2 percent above actual peak demand since the record heat of 2011 and weather forecasters are predicting a mild summer.
  • Meanwhile, The Austin American-Statesman says population and economic growth could cause the state to hit a peak demand record despite a mild summer, but that new generating capacity means shortages are unlikely. From that report:

    “Since spring 2014, the ERCOT region has added more than 2,100 megawatts of new gas-fired generation, about 1,600 megawatts of wind power and nearly 70 megawatts of large-scale solar power generation. Only peak temperatures and a near-record number of failures among the state’s power plants would cause Texas’s grid to come up short.”

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