August 8, 2022

ERCOT urges Texans to conserve power Monday due to heat and demand

AUSTIN, Texas (KBTX) – ERCOT is urging Texans to conserve electricity as much of Texas sees record temperatures amid a heat wave.

ERCOT is asking Texans and Texas businesses to voluntarily conserve power, Monday, July 11, from 2-8 p.m. ERCOT has issued a watch for planned reserve capacity shortages from 2-8 p.m.

ERCOT is asking residents to save energy by turning up the thermostat a degree or two if it’s convenient and delaying running major appliances or pool pumps during the afternoon peak hours.

ERCOT says the factors driving the need for power conservation are the high demand for electricity. According to a report, a heat wave that settled in Texas and much of Central America is driving increased electricity use. ERCOT says low wind is also a factor, and while solar power typically reaches full production capacity, wind generation is currently producing significantly less than it has historically produced during this period. Current projections show wind generating less than 10 percent of its potential.

Read ERCOT’s full statement below.

AUSTIN, TX, July 10, 2022 – With record power demand in extreme hot weather across Texas, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is issuing a conservation appeal asking Texas and Texas businesses to voluntarily conserve power Monday, July 11 from 2-8 p.m. ERCOT also issued a watch for scheduled reserve capacity shortages from 2-8 p.m.

Conservation is a reliability tool. ERCOT has used it more than four dozen times since 2008 to successfully manage grid operations. This notification is issued when the power drops below 2300 MW for 30 minutes or more.

ERCOT encourages all electric customers to consult the Public Utilities Commission’s (PUC) Power to Save or their electric provider’s websites for important safety tips. According to the PUC, ways to reduce electricity use during peak hours include turning your thermostat down a degree or two, if convenient, and postponing the operation of major appliances or pool pumps during afternoon peak hours.

ERCOT continues to use all tools to manage the grid effectively and reliably, including using reserve power and calling on large electric customers who have volunteered to reduce energy use.

ERCOT insists that calls for safety are limited to 2-8 p.m

Factors driving the need for this critical action by customers include:

  • Record high power demand. A heat wave that has settled in Texas and much of Central America is driving increased electricity use. Other grid operators are operating under conservative operating plans, such as ERCOT, due to the heat wave.
  • Low wind. While solar power typically reaches full production capacity, wind generation is currently producing significantly less than it has historically produced during this period. Current projections show wind generating less than 10 percent of its potential.

The total projected demand is 79,671 MW.

How to Monitor Power Demand

· View daily peak demand forecast, current load and available generation http://www.ercot.com.

· Follow ERCOT (Electric Reliability Council of Texas) on Twitter (@ERCOT_ISO) and Facebook.

· Sign up for the ERCOT mobile app (available for download on the Apple App Store and Google Play).

· Subscribe to the Emergency Alerts list http://lists.ercot.com.

Consumer Assistance

Texas Public Utilities Commission Hotline – 1-888-782-8477

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