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US Texas residents asked to conserve energy by ERCOT amid heat wave

02:30  15 june  2021
02:30  15 june  2021 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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Texas 's embattled electrical grid operator warned residents to cut electricity use "as much as possible" for the rest of this week, as several days of heat over 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32°C), combined with generation outages, could strain the grid even before summer officially starts. Monday's warning from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas ( ERCOT ) comes after the state endured several days of blackouts during an unusual cold spell that left millions without power throughout the state in February. The freeze underscored the difficulty electric grids can have when confronted with unexpected

The power grid of Texas urged state residents to conserve power amid a heat wave in the state on Monday, less than a year after the state’s junior Republican senator mocked California for the exact same reason. A news release from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas ( ERCOT ) urged Texans to “reduce electric use as much as possible” through Friday, as a result of an energy shortage The power shortages come less than 12 months after California faced power outages in August of 2020, though California officials at the time only asked state residents to conserve power for a few hours.

The Texas corporation that operates the state's electric grid, and is being held responsible for the winter blackouts that killed more than 100 people, is asking residents to conserve energy for the rest of the week amid the heat wave.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) announced Monday that tight grid conditions have resulted due to a "significant number of forced generation outages" as well as the potential for record power use in the month of June due to the summer heat.

  Texas residents asked to conserve energy by ERCOT amid heat wave © Go Nakamura/Reuters, FILE MORE: Texas to reform energy grid in response to fatal blackouts caused by severe winter storms

Temperatures are forecast to be in the mid to high 90s for much of the state this week. Officials are requesting that residents reduce their use of energy "as much as possible" from Monday through Friday.

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The Electric Reliability Council of Texas ( ERCOT ) is asking Texans to reduce electric use as much as possible today through Friday, June 18. “We will be conducting a thorough analysis with generation owners to determine why so many units are out of service,” said ERCOT Vice President of Grid Planning and Operations Woody Rickerson. “This is unusual for this early in the summer season.” According to generation owners, the number of outages should decrease throughout the week.

With the Texas heatwave showing no signs of letting up, ERCOT is asking Texas electricity customers to conserve power to avoid rolling blackouts. Officials are urging everyone to conserve power from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Residents are being asked to avoid using things like their dishwashers, laundry machines Officials expect to hit a new all-time high on Monday or Tuesday. To help conserve power, ERCOT says residents should also set their air conditioning thermostats to 85 degrees and turn off all fans before they leave. ERCOT is warning that if customers don’t conserve power, rolling blackouts

a sign in front of a building: In this Aug. 14, 2012, file photo, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) command center in Taylor, Texas, is shown. © Julia Robinson/Reuters, FILE In this Aug. 14, 2012, file photo, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) command center in Taylor, Texas, is shown.

The conservation of energy is "unusual" this early in the season, ERCOT Vice President of Grid Planning and Operations Woody Rickerson said in a statement Monday.

“We will be conducting a thorough analysis with generation owners to determine why so many units are out of service,” Rickerson said. “This is unusual for this early in the summer season.”

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The problems facing power plants in Texas right now are the summer version of the crisis the state faced over the winter, when more than 4 million people were left without heat and power amid snow and freezing temperatures, ERCOT Senior Director of System Planning Warren Lasher said in a press briefing Monday afternoon.

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DALLAS, Texas (Nexstar) The Electric Reliability Council of Texas is asking residents to conserve electricity amid a winter storm impacting nearly the entire state. “While Oncor’s transmission and distribution system is prepared to handle the increased load, requests for conservation are a case of supply and demand – when there may not be enough power generation to meet the high demand for electricity. Therefore, we are echoing ERCOT ’s request for conservation and asking all of our customers to please take steps to reduce their energy use today through Tuesday, ONCOR’s Director

Officials from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas ( ERCOT ) announced that the state's power grid has moved out of emergency operations, meaning customers no longer need to conserve electricity. ERCOT said on Sunday that Texans should conserve power to prevent demand from overwhelming the energy supply, KPRC reported. CenterPoint Energy , the electricity provider for greater Houston, reports that over 99 percent of its system has been restored. ERCOT 's previous request did not prevent the grid from failing and leaving more than 4 million Texans without heat

More than 100 people died as a result of the storm and subsequent blackouts in February.

Several gas and coal plants are currently offline to fix mechanical problems at various plants, Lasher said, but he did not offer details on how many plants are affected or where the plants are located. Lasher also did not say whether any of the plant repairs are due to the winter freeze.

a group of people sitting at a desk with a computer monitor: In this Aug. 14, 2012, file photo, reliability coordinators monitor the state power grid during a tour of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) command center in Taylor, Texas. © Julia Robinson/Reuters, FILE In this Aug. 14, 2012, file photo, reliability coordinators monitor the state power grid during a tour of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) command center in Taylor, Texas.

The plants provide 12,000 megawatts of power for Texans.

Texas residents have been asked to set their thermostat to 78 degrees or higher, as "every degree of cooling increases your energy use by six to eight percent," according to ERCOT.

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Residents have also been asked to turn off lights and swimming pool pumps and to avoid using large appliances like ovens, washing machines and dryers as well as unplug anything they don't need immediately.

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HOUSTON - The Electric Reliability Council of Texas initiated rotating outages on Monday morning amid a winter storm. ERCOT , which manages the flow of electric power to more than 26 million Texas customers, says they entered emergency conditions and initiated rotating outages at 1:25 a.m. CenterPoint Energy put out a Tweet to let their customers in the greater Houston area know that ERCOT declared a statewide power generation shortfall emergency, and that they were directed to start controlled rotating outages in their service area. These rotating outages could last up to an hour and

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas ( ERCOT ), the main body that manages the state's primary electric grid, is being sued for ignoring repeated warnings regarding the vulnerabilities in Texas ' power infrastructure. A separate lawsuit involving the death of an 11-year-old, possibly to. Donald McCarley, a resident of Corpus Christi, filed a lawsuit on Friday, Feb. 19, in a Nueces County court alleging that ERCOT is directly responsible for the disastrous power grid failure in Texas because it failed to act upon warnings regarding the state’s electric infrastructure.

ERCOT has not declared the new energy problem as an emergency.

a close up of a wire fence: An electrical substation is seen after winter weather caused electricity blackouts in Houston, Texas, Feb. 20, 2021. © Go Nakamura/Reuters, FILE An electrical substation is seen after winter weather caused electricity blackouts in Houston, Texas, Feb. 20, 2021.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill last week to reform the state's power grid in response to the energy crisis caused by back-to-back winter storms.

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The legislation includes "comprehensive reforms to fix all of the flaws that led to the power failure," including directives for power companies and some natural gas companies to upgrade facilities and weatherize the power grid and a requirement for regulators to create an emergency alert system for when inclement weather and power outages are imminent, Abbott said.

All of the regulators who were on the Public Utility Commission, which oversees ERCOT, at the time of the blackouts had either resigned or been fired by mid-March.

ABC News' Gina Sunseri contributed to this report.

Here we go again: Texas, climate change and the power grid .
Still licking its wounds from the record-breaking winter storm in February, now a record heatwave is straining the Texas grid.Last week the challenge was extreme heat rather than cold, but the outcome feels eerily similar: More than 10 gigawatts of mainly fossil-fuel thermal plants were already off-line with forced outages. Consumers are being asked to conserve and, once again, the Texas grid is on the edge of blackouts.

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