Houston, TX — This summer Houston might be in trouble!
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is forecasting record electric use this summer coupled with a historically low reserve margin of 7.4%. A mass closure of coal plants triggered this with the warning that the summer may bring energy alerts.
The summer is expected to face tight energy supply in Texas. On March 5, the final Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy (SARA) for the upcoming Spring season (March - May) made the determination.
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Grappling with a historically low planning reserve margin of 7.4%, owing to a mass of coal plant closures, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is forecasting record electric use this summer and warns it could issue energy alerts at “various times.”
ERCOT said its March 5–released final Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy (SARA) for the upcoming spring season (March to May) and its preliminary assessment for the summer season (June to September) suggest the independent system operator (ISO), which manages about 90% of Texas’s electric load, faces markedly tighter supply scenarios this summer.
“Prior to each season, we consider a range of potential risks to determine whether there will be sufficient capacity to meet the expected peak load forecast,” said ERCOT President and CEO Bill Magness in a statement on March 5. “In all of the scenarios studied, we identified a potential need to call an energy alert at various times this summer.”