ERCOT cancels electricity warning
EDN News Service, [email protected]
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas has canceled the Conservation Alert that was in effect overnight and this morning throughout the region.
“Since the peak demand hours have passed and sufficient generation is available to serve expected power demand in the ERCOT region, we do not see a need for additional conservation measures to protect the grid at this time,” said Ken McIntyre, ERCOT vice president for Grid Planning and Operations.
Electric demand during the peak hour Thursday night was 56,673 megawatts and Friday morning was 54,156 MW, compared to the 57,277 MW preliminary winter record set the morning of Jan. 7.
“We are grateful for consumers’ support during the extreme cold that has increased the demand for power and limited generation capacity throughout the ERCOT region,” said McIntyre. “The steps consumers took to reduce demand on the power grid kept electric use below the records set earlier this year, and generation companies were able to provide sufficient generation to serve those needs.”
Continuing to monitor conditions
Cold weather and some freezing precipitation will continue throughout the day. ERCOT will continue monitoring system conditions closely and will notify the public if additional conservation is needed.