Texas Electricity Predictions for 2013 and 2014

by admin on September 21, 2012

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) reports an improved outlook for Texas electricity capacity for 2013 and 2014.  The agency responsible for maintaining the electricity grid in Texas has revised estimates of available capacity upward to account for newly announced projects to build to power plants.   The new numbers also take into account currently mothballed plants that are expected to be brought back online during that time frame.

The reserve margin is projected to be 17.6% in 2013 and 14% in 2014.  The reserve margin is the extra capacity in the system maintained as a cushion for unexpected power disruptions or spikes in the demand.  ERCOT’s target reserve margin is 13.75%.

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