ERCOT warns Texans to save energy this weekend after six-generation facilities go offline


The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is asking Texans to turn off major appliances and avoid starting their air conditioning this weekend, according to a new press release.

ERCOT Acting CEO Brad Jones released a statement Friday afternoon warning of “record demand” expected over the weekend and noting that a number of production facilities across the State had interrupted service unexpectedly during the day.

“With exceptionally warm weather driving record demand across Texas, ERCOT continues to work closely with the electricity industry to ensure Texans have the electricity they need,” said Jones in a statement. “This afternoon, six power generation facilities shut down, resulting in the loss of approximately 2,900 [megawatts] of electricity.

“At this time, all available reserve generation resources are functioning,” the statement continued. “We’re asking Texans to save energy when they can by setting their thermostats to 78 degrees or higher and avoiding the use of large appliances (such as dishwashers, washing machines and dryers). -laundry) during peak hours between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on weekends.”

Last weekend, ERCOT affirmed its confidence in the stability of the electricity grid in the face of record temperatures, which return this weekend in several cities in Texas. Records near or above the mid-90s are expected to plague the Houston area through Monday.

System-wide energy prices rose from less than $100 per kilowatt-hour to more than $4,600 between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Friday, according to ERCOT’s Energy Dashboard, an increase of more than 4,500% in two hours.


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