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  • 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...

  • AUSTIN, TX, Nov. 28, 2016 – Wind generation set a new milestone on Sunday afternoon, providing more than 15,000 megawatts (MW) of the electricity used in the ERCOT region for the first time ever. Specifically, the ERCOT system used 15,033 MW of electricity from wind at 12:35 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 27, representing about 45...

  • AUSTIN, TX, Nov. 1, 2016 — ERCOT, which operates the electric grid and market that serves most of Texas, currently expects to have enough generation capacity available to serve the region’s electricity demands this winter and next spring. The Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy (SARA) reports released today provide the

  • AUSTIN, TX, Oct. 17, 2016 – ERCOT will not need a cogeneration facility in the Houston area for transmission system reliability under new rules approved by its Board of Directors on Oct. 11. However, the electric grid operator still needs another Houston-area generation resource to support transmission reliability until a new...

  • AUSTIN, TX, Oct. 10 – ERCOT, the grid operator for most of Texas, is asking electric consumers in the Lower Rio Grande Valley area to limit or reduce electric use where possible today. "Although the milder temperatures are expected to reduce the demand for power today and tomorrow, we continue to experience unplanned generation outages in the area," said Dan Woodfin, ERCOT director of System Operations. Summer-like...

  • AUSTIN, TX, Oct. 7 – ERCOT asks electric consumers in the Lower Rio Grande Valley area to continue limiting electricity use where possible until 7 p.m. today. Electric demand in the Valley remains high, and some unplanned generation outages continue this morning. "We expect to see more wind generation later today, and that will help address some of our reliability concerns," said Dan Woodfin, ERCOT director of System...

  • AUSTIN, TX, Oct. 6 – As warm October temperatures continue, ERCOT asks electric consumers in the Lower Rio Grande Valley area to continue limiting electricity use where possible until 7 p.m. today. The Valley area continues to experience summer-like temperatures, combined with some unplanned generation outages and very low output from the area’s wind power facilities. "We appreciate the support we are receiving...

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