ERCOT asks Texans to conserve power this weekend after generation facilities go offline
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas is asking Texans to conserve energy this weekend after six power generation facilities tripped offline Friday.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
ERCOT asks Texas homes to reduce energy useage this weekend
With unseasonably hot weather conditions expected this weekend across Texas and demands for electricity to increase, ERCOT is asking residents to conserve energy this weekend. On Friday afternoon, six power generation facilities tripped offline resulting in the loss of approximately 2,900 MW of electricity. The highest temperatures in the Rio Grande Valley this weekend will be between 93 to 103 degrees. This will produce hot temperatures and no rain for the region. ERCOT, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, manages the flow of electric power to more than 26 million Texas customers, representing about 90 percent of the state’s electric load.myrgv.com
ERCOT asks Texans to conserve power after 6 power generation facilities go offline
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas is asking Texans to conserve energy this weekend after six power generation facilities tripped offline.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] Breaking News, News, News - Mobile, News Alert San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Texans asked to limit electricity use after six power plants go down ahead of a hot weekend
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas is asking electricity consumers to keep their thermostats at 78 degrees or above and avoid using large appliances between 3 and 8 p.m. from Friday through Sunday.sacurrent.com
Analysis: A power test for Texas voters
After last winter’s near-statewide electric blackouts, Texas lawmakers went after regulators they deemed responsible but tiptoed around the Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates oil and gas. Now voters have a chance, if they want it, to send the state a message.
Ex-ERCOT chief testifies that Gov. Abbott’s order led to energy price hike during storm: report
While testifying in a bankruptcy trial for a Texas electric co-op, the state’s former grid manager said Gov. Greg Abbott’s directive led them to keep power price points high during last year’s winter storm, according to a Houston Chronicle report.
ERCOT issues winter weather watch ahead of expected high energy demand
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas issued a winter weather watch Wednesday ahead of an arctic cold front blasting through the state.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News, News - Mobile San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
ERCOT issues winter weather watch
As a strong arctic front makes its way to Texas bringing frigid temperatures, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas or ERCOT has issued a winter weather watch effective through Sunday as winter weather moves through the state. ERCOT is forecasting high energy demand for the duration of the winter weather. This cold front will bring freezing temperatures and precipitation to the ERCOT region, the agency said in a media release. In preparation of the expected increase in demand, ERCOT in Jan. 28 issued an Operating Condition Notice (OCN) to the electricity market for extreme winter weather. These local outages are not related to the amount of available electricity generated and put on the grid.myrgv.com
Analysis: In Texas, cold weather brings a political chill
This week’s cold weather forecast triggers memories of the electricity blackouts that left millions in the dark during a polar vortex and killed hundreds of Texans last year. It’s triggering politicians’ memories, too, during the primary election.
Capital Highlights — Emergency SNAP benefits again extended
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is again extending emergency food benefits this month, with more than $307 million in emergency allocations expected to help more than 1.5 million Texas [San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
ERCOT endorses power plan; improvements to Lower RGV grid on tap
AEP and South Texas Electric Cooperative are the transmission service providers for the estimated $1.28 billion project. Existing conventional generating capacity in the Lower Valley is limited and no additional conventional generation is planned, ERCOT noted in its report on the project. According to ERCOT, reliability issues will arise even with no outages at or above 3,200 MW, meaning the system improvements will have to be up and running by 2027. ERCOT said that the large volume of renewable resources — wind and solar farms — that have been built in and round the Lower Valley in recent years limits the capacity for importing and exporting power, which affects long-distance power transfer between the Lower Valley and the rest of the ERCOT grid. Wind and solar generation capacity in the Lower Valley was expected reach approximately 7 gigawatts by the end of 2021.myrgv.com
Analysis: Texas’ electric grid is half-ready for another winter freeze
Chances are, winter weather won’t be as bad as it was last February. Chances are, Texas won’t have the electric blackouts that caused so much misery then. And chances are, whatever happens will have some influence on the 2022 elections.
Texas Democrats see focusing on power grid failure as a winning campaign strategy heading into 2022
Republican leaders defend their record on the power grid, pointing to more than a dozen laws passed during this year’s legislative session to address the grid’s reliability. Gov. Greg Abbott has staked his reputation on a promise that the lights won't go out this winter.
Capital Highlights — Extreme weather could still threaten grid
The state’s power grid could still be at risk under extreme winter conditions, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, but should operate fine under normal conditions.The Seasonal Asse[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
More Texas voters unhappy than satisfied over power grid, abortion and property taxes, UT/TT Poll finds
Most voters approve of using state money to add border barriers between Texas and Mexico. But 57% disapprove of a new abortion law’s provision allowing lawsuits against people who help someone get the procedure.
Power companies required to better prepare plants for winter in first phase of rule approved by Texas regulators
The state Public Utility Commission adopted a rule — which experts first recommended a decade ago following a winter storm — requiring power companies to use “best efforts” to ensure plants can operate in the winter.
Oil industry helped handpick members of Texas advisory group for electric grid reliability, emails show
Oil and gas industry groups provided a list of names to the Railroad Commission for appointment to a council formed in response to the February power crisis. All four of the industry's top choices were selected.
4 things we’ve learned since February’s deadly winter storm
It’s been six months since the deadly February winter storm left millions across the state without power for days, and many questions about what went wrong remain unanswered. The KSAT Explains team and the Defenders have been closely following the fallout of the storm. We take a look at four things we've learned so far.
Texas regulators want to prepare the state’s electricity grid for extreme weather. But that’s a moving target in a warming world.
The state plans to use past weather data to craft rules for power plant upgrades. Scientists warn that the accelerating effects of climate change make relying on old data alone insufficient.
Capital Highlights — Workforce commission announces job surge
The Texas Workforce Commission released June employment figures that showed Texas employers added nearly 56,000 jobs in June, while the unemployment rate dropped to 6.5%.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
Texas electric grid: ERCOT unveils 60-point reliability plan; PUC to work toward 'full overhaul' of market
Officials with the state electric grid manager and top utility regulator appeared at a Texas Senate committee hearing July 13 to discuss grid reliability and planned system changes.communityimpact.com
ERCOT will have to release information about power plant outages quicker — but it may not detail what causes them
The Public Utility Commission said the state's main power grid operator will have three days — instead of 60 — to release some information about power plant outages. But that may not include why the electricity generators were offline.
Some Texas power plants unexpectedly went offline last week. The grid operator says it still doesn’t know why
Texans were asked to cut back on their electricity use for a week because of “tight” power grid conditions, according to ERCOT officials. They still haven’t said what caused the plant outages.
Valley temperatures soar as summer starts
The Rio Grande Valley and much of the state of Texas experienced hotter than usual temperatures for this time of the year, an event that coincided with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) calling upon Texans to cut back on their electricity use. Meteorologists with the National Weather Service station in Brownsville have forecast slightly cooler weather for this coming week. “I will say right now that (temperatures) are above normal for this time of year,” Joseph Tomafelli, NWS meteorologist, said Monday. Tomafelli said that the NWS has detected high pressures in the middle layer of the atmosphere, which is helping to bring higher temperatures to the area as opposed to recent years. When asked if RGV residents can anticipate a continued trend in higher-than-normal temperatures in the coming weeks, Tomafelli said, “That remains to be seen.”myrgv.com
Capital Highlights — Heat wave prompts conservation call
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas urged Texans to cut back on power usage last week when an unusually large number of power plants shut down for unexpected repairs as temperatures soared.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
SMEU customers asked to follow conservation appeals
San Marcos Electric Utility is asking its customers to follow conservation appeals after the Electric Reliability Council of Texas asked for Texans to conserve energy this week.[San Marcos, TX] [Hays County news] News San Marcos News, San Marcos Record [Texas State]sanmarcosrecord.com
ERCOT says conserve electricity; Grid operator predicts peak load record
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas is asking state residents to conserve electricity today through June 18 as much as possible due to significant generating capacity being forced offline, low wind output and potentially record electricity demand this month.myrgv.com
Texas grid operator urges electricity conservation as many power generators are unexpectedly offline and temperatures rise
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas says a large number of power plants are offline, but it could not provide details as to what may be causing the “very concerning” number of outages. At the same time, the state is experiencing near-record demand for electricity in June.
ERCOT asks Texans to conserve energy with generation outages 2.5 times higher than normal
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas issued a call for Texans to conserve energy June 14. “This is unusual for this early in the summer season.”About 73% of the forced outage is thermal energy, according to the ERCOT release. According to the release, energy demand may exceed 73,000 MW, which would set a new record for June. ERCOT issued a similar conservation appeal April 13 due to high generation outages, which representatives said were typical for the season, combined with higher-than-forecasted demand. That appeal ended in a matter of hours “without the need for an energy emergency,” ERCOT said at the time.communityimpact.com
$649,000 electric bill shocks Harlingen City Hall
Now, the state’s power grid is hitting customers with mind-boggling electric bills blamed on February’s deep freeze. In Harlingen, City Hall is stuck with a blood-curdling $649,128 bill to cover unrestricted record rates charged from Feb. 14 to 20. In the Valley, McAllen officials are grappling with a $1.2 million bill, Boswell said during Wednesday’s special meeting. “About 75 percent of the state got a bill from ERCOT for this,” Assistant City Manager Gabriel Gonzalez told commissioners. BackgroundDuring the storm that dropped temperatures below freezing, factors including frozen gas pipelines led electricity generators to pump insufficient power into the state’s electric grid.myrgv.com
Texas Legislature close to approving billions to pay for winter storm financial fallout
Several billions of dollars in state-approved financing will be necessary to stabilize the state’s distressed energy market after the winter storm. Texas approves more in finance bailouts for its utilities than any other state.