ERCOT says Wednesday’s entrance into emergency operations caused by drop in operating reserves, frequency
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has asked Houston residents and businesses to conserve electricity due to continued high temperatures, high demand, low wind and declining solar power generation Wednesday evening.
ERCOT requests conservation from businesses, residents on Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., expects tight grid conditions
Due to a high level of unexpected electricity outages and forecasted low wind generation, operating reserves for ERCOT are expected to be low in the afternoon and evening, a news release said.
Addressing Texas’ power grid concerns
On Wednesday, officials with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, shared a seasonal assessment that shows extreme temperatures over the summer may put the state in an energy crunch. These worries stem from what officials with the Public Utilities Commission of Texas and ERCOT said is Texas’ failure to keep up with population growth in terms of the grid.
ERCOT says power grid is prepared for summer but encourages change as Texas population increases
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas and the Public Utility Commission of Texas are holding a press conference on Wednesday in Austin to update Texans on the status of the grid ahead of the upcoming summer.
Chainsaws and dry socks: Austinites step up for neighbors during ice storm
Friends in North Austin removed downed trees from neighbors’ roofs, while closer to the city core, volunteers rushed to meet the immediate needs of people without homes — those most severely impacted by the freezing temperatures.
ERCOT gets federal permission to exceed air quality limits, noting possible risk of blackout amid freezing weather in Texas
The Electric Reliability Council of of Texas (ERCOT) requested an emergency order from the U.S. Department of Energy on Friday to bypass certain emission standards for power plants due to the impact of extreme cold weather in Texas.
Track the Texas power grid: Watch ERCOT’s current grid conditions in real-time
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which manages the state’s main power grid, has a dashboard that allows residents to track current conditions and usage. The timestamp of each dashboard indicates when the information was last updated, according to ERCOT’s website.
ERCOT to provide new fuel mix dashboard, displaying real-time energy generation usage
ERCOT announced Thursday that as part of its ongoing commitment to communicating reliable information on grid conditions for Texans, the new Fuel Mix dashboard will provide a real-time view of its energy generation by resource type.
Gov. Greg Abbott touts Texas power grid’s readiness heading into fall, election season
The governor shared the favorable forecast — which is normal for the fall months — ahead of a competitive race in which the grid’s performance during last year’s fatal winter storm may factor into Texans’ decisions at the polls.
Fort Bend County judge, officials address ERCOT’S request to conserve electricity, put plan in place
Fort Bend County Judge KP George, along with Fort Bend County officials, held a news conference Monday to address Fort Bend County residents on the Electric Reliability Council Of Texas’ request for consumers to conserve energy.
‘Lights will stay on’: ERCOT, PUC confident in Texas power grid during 2022 summer season
Officials with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas and the Public Utility Commission will hold a press conference to discuss the readiness of the Texas power grid for the 2022 summer season, according to a release.
ERCOT asks power plants to possibly cancel planned maintenance to meet demand of extreme heat anticipated this weekend
ERCOT has issued an Advanced Action Notice Tuesday for Texas power plants to prepare for higher than usual customer demand due to the high temperatures forecasted for Mother’s Day weekend.
ERCOT issues watch for extreme cold weather, possible icing conditions for Texas area
A watch has been issued for the Texas area for an extreme cold weather event with possible icing conditions as an arctic cold front blasts through Wednesday night, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.
Analysis: Betting a Texas election on a weather forecast
Gov. Greg Abbott says he can "guarantee" there won't be blackouts this winter in Texas after one that knocked out power for some people for four days last February. That's the kind of pre-election prediction that can make a weather forecaster more useful than a political poll.
Texas grid vulnerable to blackouts during severe winter weather, even with new preparations, ERCOT estimates show
The most severe scenario considered by ERCOT for this winter — very high demand for power, extensive fossil fuel outages, and low renewable power production — does not capture the amount of power lost during February.
Looking for Power? Look up!
I had a quick conversation with my neighbor yesterday about solar panels as he is considering installing some on his roof. This is a pretty typical discussion when we have these long stretches of blue sky, especially after last February’s ERCOT disaster. We don’t talk much about putting in a wind turbine, yet coincidentally Climate Central sent down a fascinating look at just how much power both the sun and the wind can generate. I have graphics! Given today’s sunshine and what we are expecting over the weekend, here is how much power the good ole sun would generate:
ERCOT will have to release information about power plant outages quicker — but it may not detail what causes them
The Public Utility Commission said the state's main power grid operator will have three days — instead of 60 — to release some information about power plant outages. But that may not include why the electricity generators were offline.
Lawmakers briefed on status of Texas’ power grid after conservation alert
Several Texas lawmakers were briefed Wednesday on the status of our state’s power grid. Gov. Greg Abbott also spoke about the recent calls for energy conservation after several power generators went offline for unexpected maintenance.
ERCOT report on storm blames weather for most power outages but doesn’t explain why plants weren’t prepared
A preliminary report released Tuesday by the agency overseeing most of the Texas power grid blames weather for most of the outages that happened during February’s winter storm, but it fails to explain why plants across the state were unprepared for the historic cold.
Turner testifies on Capitol Hill about power grid failure during winter storm
WASHINGTON – Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner went before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee to testify as a witness for a hearing about the power grid failures that happened during last month’s winter storm. The hearing, called by U.S. Rep Lizzie Fletcher (D-Houston), will take a look at the statewide failures during the storm. Yet politically powerful natural gas companies, along with their regulators, have largely escaped the wrath of Gov. At least 57 people died during the winter storm that plunged large swaths of Texas into subfreezing temperatures and overwhelmed the state’s electricity infrastructure, causing massive power outages. That’s because nearly half of the total power generation capacity for the main state electricity grid was offline as weather conditions caused failures in every type of power source: natural gas, coal, wind and nuclear.
Ask 2: What is specifically meant by the ‘winterization’ of our electric grid?
As part of our Ask 2 series, the newsroom will answer your questions about all things Houston. Question: What is specifically meant by the “winterization” of our electric grid? Greg Abbott called for the winterization of the state’s power grid, he meant that infrastructure needs to be equipped to withstand extreme weather. According to the Texas Tribune, this specifically means upgrading or retrofitting natural gas, wind, coal or nuclear energy sources to be prepared for future events similar to Winter Storm Uri. Some ideas that experts suggest are prioritizing efforts to prevent frozen wellheads, retrofitting the blades of wind turbines with special coatings and heating elements and retrofitting existing natural gas wells.
Will Texas lawmakers finally heed the power grid warnings from 10 years ago?
The crush of proposed legislation follows what many consider to be the numerous failings of our state’s power grid uncovered by February’s winter storm. Ad“They failed us, miserably,” Bossette said of state lawmakers. 2011Ten years ago, lawmakers were lamenting how another winter storm knocked out power to millions of Texans. Just as they are now, ERCOT officials face withering criticism for not making sure our grid was better prepared. Even then, ERCOT officials said they have no authority to force power generators to follow through with these plans.
Lawmakers demanding answers over multi-billion dollar billing error during winter storm
AUSTIN, Texas – The demands of lawmakers are growing louder when it comes to addressing what some call a multi-billion-dollar billing error. The dispute involves energy prices charged during the winter storm. He also said certain markets had settled, and retroactively changing energy prices could create ripple effects with dire financial consequences. He also balked at the assertion that energy providers would pass on their financial losses to customers in terms of rate hikes. He said Texas’ market is easy to enter and and there are plenty of providers willing to compete for business.
Texas Public Utility Commission names new director to oversee ERCOT
The Public Utility Commission of Texas today named Adrianne Brandt the agency’s new Director of ERCOT, Inc. AUSTIN, Texas – Weeks after the catastrophic winter storm in Texas, The Public Utility Commission of Texas named Adrianne Brandt, the new Director of ERCOT Inc. “Adrianne is the exact mixture of knowledge, experience and toughness this role requires,” said PUC Chairman Arthur D’Andrea. “Adrianne and Brad provide a powerful one-two punch of industry knowledge, regulatory experience and unassailable integrity,” said PUC Executive Director, Thomas Gleeson. “Not only will they guide a financial analysis of the grid event but will also ratchet up ERCOT’s accountability to the PUC and the people of Texas.”
Microgrids offer alternative power in Texas
AdThose 59 orders left millions of Houstonians without power for days. “I produce enough power to power my house and keep (it) going,” he said. His solar-and-battery home produced so much power, he was able to send it back to his power company’s grid and help power other homes. Ad“I was reaching out to all the people I know, and invited them over.”Boneno also said his solar panels also offer him a big savings on his power bill. Sunnova serves residential customers and has partners who make solar panels, batteries and other electronic pieces to control the power.
Abbott names ERCOT billing error correction as emergency legislative item
(AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has declared the correction of any billion-dollar errors related to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas as an emergency item for the 87th Legislative Session, according to a release. The emergency items include any inaccurate excessive charges or any issues regarding additional service prices after February’s deadly winter storm in Texas. In Texas, wholesale power prices are determined by supply and demand: When demand is high, ERCOT allows prices to go up. During the storm, PUC directed the grid operator to set wholesale power prices at $9,000 per megawatt-hour -- the maximum price.
Criminal complaint filed by Galveston county judge to investigate power outages during winter storm
HOUSTON – Galveston County Judge Mark Henry says he wants tough action. He’s blaming those deaths on power outages that lasted longer than expected during the winter storm. A criminal complaint filed Monday with the Galveston County District Attorney’s office could lead to an investigation and charges filed at the DA’s discretion. It wasn’t hard to find people who agree with Judge Henry’s decision to call for a criminal investigation. “Why were residents cut off and left off, while office building s downtown remained powered on the entire time,” Judge Henry said.
Some lawmakers say legislation proposed after 2011 freeze would’ve helped during winter storm
HOUSTON – Frustration is still boiling over the deadly freeze that ravaged Texas last month. A freeze, that according to ERCOT’s records, show’s a large number of facilities in the state going down. Some of them are the same ones that went down during a paralyzing North Texas freeze in 2011. Ten years ago, as a state senator, Hager authored legislation requiring the winterization of generators to avoid future failures. Ad“It’s the same lessons learned,” said deputy director of the Energy Institute at the University of Texas, Michael Webber.
Tesla is plugging a mega-battery into the Texas grid by summer, report says
FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2020, file photo, the company logo appears on an unsold 2020 Model X at a Tesla dealership in Littleton, Colo. The U.S. governments auto safety agency has rejected a request to investigate unintended acceleration in Tesla electric vehicles, saying the acceleration was caused by drivers pushing the wrong pedal. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)Tesla is installing a gigantic battery that is said to help bring more power to Texas’ electrical grid, according to a report. The construction was kept undercover, but Brazoria County public documents confirmed the company’s role in the installation, according to Bloomberg. A subsidiary was registered as Gambit Energy, LLC and is said to bring more than 100 megawatts of energy in Angelton, which is measured to power at least 20,000 homes during the summer months.