75.8 F
College Station
Friday, July 30, 2021

Texas Energy Crisis Rages On As ERCOT Begs Users To Reduce Electricity During Near-Record Temps

Local News

College Station Bans Traditional Pet Shops

At Thursday's meeting, the College Station city council passed an ordinance that prohibits the sale of non-rescue dogs and cats in pet...

College Station to Vote on ROO in Special Meeting Today

The College Station City Council meets Monday at 4 p.m. at city hall to consider a Restricted Occupancy Overlay (ROO). The ordinance would allow single-family...

College Station Plans on Borrowing Additional $62 Million Without Taxpayer Vote

The College Station City Council voted to begin the process of issuing $62 million in certificates of obligations for capital projects. The...

Brazos Valley Hospitalizations Continue to Decline After Mask Order Rescinded

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-34 on March 2, 2021, and the order went into effect on March 10, 2021....

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the electricity grid operator for the state that left millions without power during record-low temperatures at the beginning of 2021, is asking customers to reduce their electricity use this week after rising concerns that there could be another wave of outages.

This time, any potential outages would take power away from people in some parts of the state who are seeing temperatures soar over 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

“Unfortunately, it’s not a matter of ‘if’ Texans will lose power this summer. It’s ‘when,” Jason Isaac, Director of Life:Powered at the Texas Public Policy Foundation told The Federalist. “Conservation alerts being issued this early and often doesn’t bode well for the rest of the summer — and they’re more evidence of the systemic weakness in our grid caused by decades of poor policy decisions favoring unreliable sources of electricity.”

In an announcement released on Monday, ERCOT asked its customers to take “simple actions” such as raising their thermostat to “78 degrees or higher,” turning off lights, unplugging anything that is not being used, and “avoiding large appliances like ovens, washing machines, and dryers” to lessen the power grid load after “a significant number of forced generation outages combined with potential record electric use for the month of June has resulted in tight grid conditions.”

While wind power is still available for use, ERCOT noted that wind output is below the normal threshold needed to combat “peak conditions” and blackouts could be in the future. 

Lubbock, Texas, one of the cities seeing temperatures as high as 108 during the day, switched 70 percent of its electricity customers over to ERCOT two weeks ago in the “largest single transfer of customers in the history of the” grid operator. Despite ERCOT’s failure to keep Texans warm during the freak winter storm which resulted in at least 151 deaths, the city chose to continue the 2015 plan to join the power grid once their previous contract expired. The city remained confident in its decision to “allow Lubbock residents to have access to a deregulated power market” even after pushback

Continue reading on thefederalist

More articles


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

State News

Fighting Honorably, In Context

As the saying goes, “Context is king.” Nowhere have I seen that so practically displayed as in Israel, where passages from the Bible spring...

Abbott’s Border Fence

Brandon is joined by Michael Sullivan to talk about the current events in the Texas House and Robert Montoya comes on to talk about...

Fighting Honorably

Righteous ends don’t justify dishonorable means. In this week’s podcast, Michael Quinn Sullivan talks about being in the cave where David decided to spare...

Texas Governor, Lawmakers Continue to Do Nothing to Protect Children From Mutilation Operations

AUSTIN — While Gov. Greg Abbott and representatives point fingers and talk in circles, they still have taken no action to actually stop medical...

Texas’ Debt Obligations Have State Headed for Hard Financial Times

Because of irresponsible spending practices by elected officials, Texas is $97 billion in debt. Texans can change course by demanding answers and better budgeting...

Continue reading on thefederalist