The ERCOT announcement that Texas should have enough power to get through the next few months comes as no real surprise to progressives who are committed to cleaner, alternative and renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind. Below, see a few quick plans on how Texas candidate plan to help continue this trend. Then check out the Houston Chronicle story that follows.
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Texas should have enough power this fall, winter
L.M. Sixel Sep. 10, 2020The state grid manager the Electric Reliability Council of Texas predicts Texas will have enough generation capacity to get through the expected peak demand this fall and winter.Photo: Bill Montgomery, HC staff / Houston Chronicle
The state grid manager, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, predicts Texas will have enough generation capacity to get through the expected peak demand this fall and winter.
ERCOT predicts that Texas will have 86,012 megawatts of capacity available this fall, including 1,475 megawatts of new wind and solar capacity. That’s more than enough to cover peak demand that ERCOT is predicting will top out at 60,966 megawatts this fall.
One megawatt is enough electricity for about 200 Texas homes on a hot summer day.
For winter, ERCOT is anticipating peak demand of 57,699 megawatts, which is well below the winter peak demand record of 65,915 megawatt set on Jan. 17, 2018. The forecast is based on normal weather conditions over a 14-year period.
Generators are also expected to install an extra 1,359 megawatts of power generation capacity between now and the start of winter.