Wednesday, August 24, 2011

ERCOT: Level 1 power emergency in Texas - 23rd Aug 2011

Texas was in a Level 1 power emergency Tuesday, and customers were asked to conserve electricity until 7 p.m., ERCOT officials said.

ERCOT announced the emergency at 3:43 p.m. Tuesday, when operating reserves dropped below 2,300 megawatts.

"We are asking Texas residents and businesses to reduce their electricity use until 7 p.m. today," said Kent Saathoff, vice president of system planning and operations. "We don’t expect to need additional steps in the emergency procedures today unless we lose a significant amount of generation over the peak period." 

ERCOT said capacity is expected to be tight during peak hours, so operators will be monitoring the situation closely.

Peak demand was projected to exceed 67,700 megawatts Tuesday. On average, one megawatt powers about 200 Texas homes during the summer months.

"Until we get a break in this extreme heat and record drought, we appreciate consumers and businesses conserving electricity as they are able, especially between 3 and 7 p.m.," Saathoff said. "We also appreciate all the state agencies, school districts, businesses and residents who have taken steps to get the word out about the importance of conservation during these extreme weather conditions."  Read More