ERCOT plans ahead of the weekend’s record-breaking temperatures


With record-breaking temperatures expected this weekend, ERCOT plans to “deploy all the tools available to manage the grid reliability.”

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas is anticipating extreme hot weather in the region from Friday, May 6-Monday, May 9, and may experience a larger-than-normal demand for power.

The National Weather Service is predicting a high of 89º on Saturday, 92º on Sunday and 92º on Monday, mostly sunny days for all three.

“The upcoming weekend will be sunny and humid with increasing south winds,” according to the National Weather Service out of DFW. “A warming trend will push temperatures well above normal with some highs around 100 degrees possible.”

ERCOT has asked power plants across the region to postpone planned outages and to return from outages already in progress in order to serve Texans this weekend.

“ERCOT will deploy all the tools available to us to manage the grid reliability,” an ERCOT spokesperson said. “ERCOT is coordinating closely with the Public Utility Commission, generation resource owners and transmission utilities to ensure they are prepared for the extreme heat.”

At this time, ERCOT projects there will be sufficient generation to meet this high demand for electricity.

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