Energy News for the Texas Market

ERCOT facing low reserve margins to meet peak electricity demand this summer

By: Jaclyn Brandt |

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) may have to issue Energy Emergency Alerts to address resource shortfalls during periods of peak electricity demand this summer, according to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) 2019 Summer Reliability Assessment.

ERCOT’s anticipated reserve margin for summer is 8.5 percent, according […]

2019-07-09T16:32:03-05:00July 9th, 2019|Texas Market|

FERC summer outlook flags California, Texas as posing potential reliability problems

By: Jasmin Melvin |

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will maintain its watchful eye on the West this summer as the risk for wildfires adds to stresses on that system. It also intends to monitor the Texas grid for reliability challenges stemming from that region’s tight power supplies, staff said in their […]

2019-05-20T08:48:46-05:00May 20th, 2019|California Market, Texas Market|

How the Texas power grid braces against rolling blackouts as summer heat looms

By: Jesus Jiminez |

It’s been decades since state power reserves were as depleted as they are now, according to Texas regulators — forcing them to contemplate the worst-case scenario this summer: rolling blackouts.

Such “rotating outages” are a last resort for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, and they’ve been necessary only three times on […]

2019-05-17T11:07:42-05:00May 17th, 2019|Texas Market|

Texas moves closer to regulating power brokers

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A bill that would require electricity brokers to register with the Public Utility Commission moved a step closer this week.

The Texas House Committee on State Affairs approved the consumer protection measure last week after it cleared the Texas Senate last month, according to legislative records. It is expected to […]

2019-05-07T09:51:09-05:00May 7th, 2019|Texas Market|

ERCOT Reserve Margin Shrinks to 7.4%

The predicted amount of electricity the Texas grid will have to spare is less than what was available in the summer of 2018. According to forecasts by the Energy Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the reserve margin of electricity will be 7.4%. That’s down from the 8.1% reserve initially announced in December and down sharply from last summer’s 11% reserve margin. These margins help avoid a Texas energy emergency.

2019-03-26T09:39:08-05:00February 13th, 2019|Texas Market|