DART's Keeping an Eye on ERCOT's Warnings, But TRE's Gonna Have to Slow 'Er Down Now
Forecast for peak demand today is more than 68,684 MW, exceeding yesterday's new all-time record of 67,929 MW. Prior to this year, the record was 65,776 MW (Aug. 23, 2010).Now, keep in mind: A Level 1 Emergency just triggers a power-conservation watch, which you're no doubt already doing by cutting off the A/C, sitting in a bathtub full of ice and using a Crazy Straw to drink from several chilled bottles of Vinho Verde whilst full-blasting this bootleg of Spiritualized performing at the Gypsy Tea Room in 2003. (Well, I am.) Level 2 is when ERCOT starts to cut power -- at first, to commercial and industrial clients who're actually "paid to be dropped in a level 2 emergency." Level 3 is when you start to see interruptions in service.
"There's a possibility that we may have to go to a level 2 emergency today which authorizes operators to drop the interruptible loads -- large customers paid to be dropped in a level 2 emergency. Dropping the load resources provides extra capacity for the remaining customers," Saathoff said.
And while we were on the phone, moments ago, Lyons got an email from TRE staff saying that they're reducing speeds to 40 miles per hour to avoid problems like "sun kinks," or rail warping, which will cause delays as long as 30 minutes. Speaking of Kinks.