ERCOT predicts record power usage for the summer

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — As another hot sweltering Texas summer approaches, the Electric Responsibility Council of Texas has released its final seasonal assessment detailing the state’s potential energy needs from June to September. 

ERCOT released its Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy (SARA) and a Capacity, Demand and Reserves report (CDR) for the fast-approaching summer, as well as a looking forward into the fall. 

The SARA studied several scenarios that all lead to a potential need to enter an Energy Emergency Alert status. The report showed an energy demand in Texas of 74,853 MW which is a 1,300 MW increase from the energy demand record in 2018. 

According to ERCOT, Texas’ total generation resource capacity has been increased to 78,929 MW in anticipation of this summer’s energy needs.

“ERCOT is prepared to use the tools and procedures that are in place to maintain system reliability during tight conditions,” said Bill Magness ERCOT President and CEO. 

While the planning reserve margin for summer of 2019 has increased to 8.6 percent, the CDR report has predicted even higher reserve margins for 2020 through 2023. This is because of an increase in wind and solar projects in the state. 

A planned 733 MW of installed wind and solar capacity has been approved by ERCOT for commercial operations since 2018 adding 333 MW of capacity for the summer.

ERCOT has stated that Texas energy demand is especially high in West Texas because of oil and gas development along the coast where industrial facilities are being constructed.

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