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  • AUSTIN, TX, Jan. 17, 2018 – ERCOT set multiple new winter peak demand records last night and this morning. The record is now 65,731* MW, set between 7 and 8 a.m. this morning. This is significantly higher than the record set during the cold snap earlier this month, which was 62,855* MW. During this week’s winter weather event, ERCOT had sufficient generation and transmission resources available to keep up with...

  • AUSTIN, TX, Jan. 16, 2018 – Statement on tomorrow’s peak (forecasted to occur between 7 and 8 a.m.): As always, ERCOT is monitoring the current situation closely. We expect significantly high load at tomorrow morning’s peak due to historically high usage and continued very low temperatures expected through the night in Texas. Here are some ways consumers can help conserve energy: Keep your...

  • ERCOT sets new winter peak demand record AUSTIN, TX, Jan. 4, 2018 – ERCOT, the grid operator for most of Texas, set a new winter demand record on Wednesday, Jan. 3, between 7 and 8 a.m. Electricity demand reached 62,855 MW*, surpassing the previous winter record by more than 3,200 MW. "The ERCOT system performed well during this winter weather event, and there were sufficient generation and...

  • More than 14,000 MW in new generation resources planned by 2020 Austin, TX, Dec. 18, 2017 — ERCOT, the operator of the electric grid and market serving most of Texas, today released its Capacity, Demand and Reserves (CDR) report, which includes information about...

  • AUSTIN, TX, Dec. 14, 2017 – The ERCOT Board of Directors has endorsed a transmission project to help address growing electricity needs in Freeport, Texas. "We continue to see growing demand for electricity in the ERCOT region, especially in areas affected by industrial growth and oil and gas activity," said ERCOT Senior Manager of Transmission Planning Jeff Billo. CenterPoint Energy, which services the Freeport region,...

  • AUSTIN, TX, Nov. 1, 2017 – The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) anticipates there will be sufficient installed generating capacity available to serve systemwide forecasted peak demand for the upcoming winter and spring. ERCOT today released its final Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy...

  • AUSTIN, TX, Sept. 7, 2017 – The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) anticipates there will be sufficient installed generating capacity available to serve systemwide forecasted peak demand this fall and winter. ERCOT today released its final Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy (SARA) report for the...

  • Conditions in the ERCOT region have remained steady over the past 24 hours. ERCOT continues to see widespread transmission outages, especially near Corpus Christi and Victoria. font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; widows: 2; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; text-decoration-style:...

  • AUSTIN, TX, Aug. 25, 2017 – The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has issued a weather-related watch in preparation for Hurricane Harvey, which is expected to make landfall late Friday night or early Saturday morning. ERCOT anticipates the hurricane may cause damage to infrastructure from high-speed wind, along with significant flooding in the South, South Central and Coastal weather zones in the ERCOT region. This...

  • AUSTIN, TX, June 14, 2017 – The ERCOT Board of Directors has endorsed a transmission project that includes two new 345-kV lines to help address future reliability concerns in the growing region of Far West Texas. "We continue to see a tremendous amount of load growth in West Texas," said ERCOT Senior Manager of Transmission Planning Jeff Billo. "Based on projected load growth in this area, these new lines will be needed to...

  • AUSTIN, TX, May 2, 2017 – ERCOT today released its Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy (SARA) for the upcoming summer, a preliminary assessment for fall, and an updated

  • March 1, 2017, AUSTIN, TX – ERCOT today released its final Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy (SARA) for spring (March-May) and a preliminary outlook for summer (June-September). ERCOT anticipates there will be sufficient generation to meet...

  • AUSTIN, TX, Jan. 9, 2017 – ERCOT set another new winter demand record on Jan. 6, 2017. Electricity demand reached 59,650 MW during the 6-7 p.m. hour, blowing right past the previous winter record of 57,924 MW set just a couple weeks earlier on Dec. 19, 2016. Systemwide demand surpassed the previous record four hours in a row Jan. 6 between 6 and 10 p.m. and two hours in a row on Jan. 7 between 7 and 9...

  • AUSTIN, TX, Dec. 19, 2016 – Nippy winter weather across Texas drove demand for electricity to a new winter record in the ERCOT region. Control room data recorded an hourly peak of 57,924 MW between 7 and 8 a.m. on Dec. 19, compared to the previous winter peak of 57,265 MW set Feb. 10, 2011. This new winter record exceeds the previous December demand record of 53,642 MW (set Dec. 10, 2013 between 7 and 8 a.m.) by more than...

  • Decreased planning reserve margins in revised outlook remain sufficient for reliability planning AUSTIN, TX, Dec. 15, 2016 – The updated Capacity, Demand and Reserves (CDR) report released today by ERCOT, the electric grid operator for most of Texas, anticipates more rapid growth in...

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