ERCOT officials said it “appears unlikely” that the ERCOT grid would need to implement outages, like it did in February, to reduce strain on the grid.
It is unclear, however, if Texans will experience widespread electricity blackouts later this summer.
After the winter storm, ERCOT warned that Texans could experience electricity outages this summer if the state sees a severe heat wave or drought that drives up demand for power. In its annual forecast ahead of the summer months, ERCOT officials included for the first time ever extreme, low likelihood scenarios that would each leave the grid short a significant amount of power, which would trigger outages to residents.
The scenarios were completed against the backdrop of this summer likely being one of the hottest on record, according to an April climate outlook from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Still, officials have said extreme situations that cause blackouts are very unlikely.
This article was written by ERIN DOUGLAS AND MITCHELL FERMAN of The Texas Tribune. The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. This article originally appeared at: https://www.texastribune.org/2021/06/15/texas-power-grid-ercot/