ERCOT Says Keeping Power on "Will Be Tight" Between 4 and 5 P.M. Every Day This Week

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You knew it was coming, and here it is: The Electric Reliability Council of Texas has issued yet another energy conservation heads-up. Read the whole thing here, but pay attention to this quote from Kent Saathoff, vice president of system planning and operations:
"We expect to break our all-time peak electricity demand Tuesday and Thursday, depending on weather conditions. ... At this time, we have sufficient generation to meet the demand this week, but it will be tight over the peak hours, particularly 4-5 p.m., which means that significant generation outages could make us short of operating reserves."
We did our part: Unfair Park HQ's AC unit shut down for a good half hour earlier this afternoon. And while they claim it's back on ...

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Grump
Grump

ERCOT receives my vote for the most Orwellian-named agency in the state. The only thing they do "reliably" is turn off the power when it's needed most.

Montemalone
Montemalone

I had to vacate the office in Far North Dallas this afternoon, shortly after the lights flickered, then all was dark for blocks around.Although, a couple of the fluorescents didn't go out completely, just a dim light.I think that's a brown out? Excessive demand drops the line voltage too low? Any EEs out there?

Rick
Rick

Hmm not sure if that helps or just makes things worse....Keeping a steady temperature puts less pressure on the a/c unit than having to recoup from a heat increase....

scottindallas
scottindallas

meanwhile, our jails will be tortuously chilled. 

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