AUSTIN, TX – As extremely hot weather continues to drive record power demand across Texas, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is issuing a conservation appeal for Wednesday, July 13 between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. ERCOT is asking Texans and businesses to voluntarily conserve power during this time. . Currently, no system-wide outages are expected.
Conditions today are expected to be similar to those experienced on Monday, July 11, 2022. That day, Texans and businesses responded by voluntarily conserving power and helping ERCOT successfully meet demand for electricity. record electricity by reducing their energy consumption by 500 MW.
Conservation is a reliability tool that ERCOT has deployed more than four dozen times since 2008 to successfully manage network operations. This notification is issued when the projected reserves may fall below 2300 MW for 30 minutes or more.
ERCOT encourages all electrical customers to visit the Public Utility Commission’s (PUC) The power to save or their electricity supplier’s websites for important conservation tips. According to the PUC, ways to reduce electricity use during peak hours are to raise your thermostat a degree or two, if that’s comfortable, and to postpone the operation of major appliances or pool pumps for the requested period.
ERCOT continues to use all available tools to manage the grid efficiently and reliably, including using reserve power and engaging large electricity customers who have volunteered to reduce their energy consumption.
ERCOT points out that the call for conservation is limited to the hours of 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13.
Factors driving the need for this important action by customers:
Record high electrical demand. The heat wave that has taken hold in Texas and much of the central United States is causing increased electricity consumption. Other network operators are operating under similar conservative operating schedules as ERCOT due to the heat wave.
Light wind. Wind generation is currently generating less than what is historically generated during this period.
Forced thermal cuts. The number of forced shutdowns of thermal production exceeds ERCOT forecasts.
Solar. The development of cloud cover in West Texas has reduced the amount of solar output.