More Capacity Concerns for Texas Electric Grid

by admin on June 27, 2013

Additions of electric power generation capacity are not keeping pace with Texas’ rising demand for electricity, particularly during peak-hours. A robust economy and population growth spurred the need for more electricity supply, according to the grid operator Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).

ERCOT, the grid operator for most of Texas, warned that regulatory and market uncertainty would limit incentives for investment in new sources of power supply within the region, which causes the risk of narrowing reserve margins.

It’s deemed “alarming” that ERCOT is the only region in the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) 2013 Summer Reliability Assessment with a reserve margin below target level, which is based on the highest, or peak, hour of demand during the summer.

 

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