SAN ANTONIO – The Electrical Reliability Council of Texas has extended a Weather Watch for a second consecutive week due to 100-plus-degree high temperatures, higher electrical demand and the potential for lower reserves.
The Weather Watch was in effect all this week, but on Friday ERCOT officials announced it would be extended through Friday, Aug. 18. According to KSAT 12 meteorologists, the average high temperatures for the week are forecast for 104 degrees.
“Grid conditions are expected to be normal during a Weather Watch,” ERCOT said in a news release. “ERCOT continues to monitor conditions closely and will deploy all available tools to manage the grid and will continue our reliability-first approach to operations. There is not a current expectation of an energy emergency, and this is not a call for conservation.”
ERCOT encourages everyone to sign up for grid condition notifications through the Texas Advisory and Notification System (TXANS) at https://www.ercot.com/txans. Texans can also monitor real-time and extended grid conditions at https://www.ercot.com.
CPS Energy is encouraging customers to voluntarily reduce their electricity use, especially during the peak hours of 3 - 8 p.m. Under CPS Energy’s color-coded conservation awareness notification system, the utility declared a Yellow Day for greater San Antonio through Monday.