ERCOT anticipates record electricity demand this summer

11 May 2021

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is expecting record-breaking electricity demand this summer owing to forecast hot and dry conditions and continued economic and population growth throughout the region. However it believes that there is a low risk of emergency conditions, based on the expected generation availability and weather conditions

ERCOT is identifying low-probability, high-impact situations similar to the February winter event in its seasonal assessments, to ensure that all market participants and government officials have a comprehensive insight into market conditions. This will allow the market to more fully plan and prepare for even the most remote possibility.

Additionally, ERCOT has announced plans to visit selected power plants across the state to review summer weatherisation plans. While plant visits have occurred in the past for winter weatherisation, this is the first time officials will visit plants in preparation for summer conditions.

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