May 26, 2022


ERCOT warns Texans to conserve power this weekend after six generation facilities go offline

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

ERCOT Interim CEO Brad Jones issued a statement late Friday afternoon warning of “record demand” expected over the weekend and noting that a number of generation facilities across the state had unexpectedly stopped service during the day.

“With unseasonably hot weather driving record demand across Texas, ERCOT continues to work closely with the power industry to make sure Texans have the power they need,” Jones said in a statement. “This afternoon, six power generation facilities tripped offline resulting in the loss of approximately 2,9000 [megawatts] of electricity.

“At this time, all reserve generation resources available are operating,” the statement continued. “We’re asking Texans to conserve power when they can by setting their thermostats to 78-degrees or above and avoiding the usage of large appliances (such as dishwashers, washers and dryers) during peak hours between 3pm and 8pm through the weekend.”

Last weekend ERCOT stated its confidence in the power grid’s stability in the face of record temperatures, which return this weekend to a number of Texas cities. Near or above record highs in the mid-90s are projected to afflict the Houston area until Monday.

System-wide energy prices spiked from less than $100 dollars per kilowatt hour to more than $4,600 between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. CT on Friday, per ERCOT’s energy dashboard—a more than 4,500 percent increase in two hours.

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