The Electric Reliability Council of Texas issued an alert Tuesday afternoon saying it may enter emergency conditions due to a combination of outages and demand.
“Due to a combination of high generation outages typical in April and higher-than-forecasted demand from a stalled cold front over Texas, ERCOT may enter into emergency conditions this afternoon,” said ERCOT Vice President of Grid Planning and Operations Woody Rickerson. “Given the event in February, it is important to note that we do not expect customer outages. Rather, this emergency declaration allows us to access tools that will bring supply and demand back into line.”
ERCOT asked consumers and businesses to reduce their energy use this afternoon and into the evening. The council says customer outages are not expected.
ERCOT is requesting energy conservation at this time. Consumers and businesses are urged to reduce their electricity use this afternoon and into the evening.
— ERCOT (@ERCOT_ISO) April 13, 2021
Several hours later, ERCOT issued a notice ending the conservation appeal.
Our energy conservation appeal has ended without the need for an energy emergency. Thank you for conserving energy when it was needed.
— ERCOT (@ERCOT_ISO) April 14, 2021
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