Texas Power Grid: ERCOT will provide an update after saying it expects record power demand this summer

AUSTIN, Texas (KTRK) – On Tuesday, the state electric grid operator will tell us what to expect as temperatures rise in Texas over the course of the summer.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is forecasting a record for electricity use in Texas, and over the weekend the agency was already urging us to conserve energy.

ERCOT released its summer assessment on Monday and said the agency expects record electricity demand in the state this summer.

SEE ALSO: Houston residents are skeptical of ERCOT’s ability to meet demand this summer

The agency said the state will have enough electricity to meet that demand from June through September, but is urging electric utilities to delay maintenance to keep power flowing.

Over the weekend, ERCOT urged everyone to save electricity in the afternoon hours by setting the thermostats to 22 degrees and not using large appliances from 3pm to 8pm

The agency said half a dozen power generators had gone offline, raising concerns for the grid. However, ERCOT says the state will still be able to meet demand this summer.

READ MORE: Texans asked to set thermostats to at least 78 degrees during the 5-hour peak Saturday, Sunday

In February 2021, a winter storm overwhelmed the Texas power grid, leaving millions freezing in the dark. Nationwide, 246 people died.

On Tuesday at 2 p.m. ERCOT will hold a press conference on how the power grid is expected to last this summer. ABC13 will stream the press conference live in the video player above.

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