By Paul Homewood
h/t Joe Public
It’s hot in Texas!
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — ERCOT, the embattled power grid operator for most of Texas, is urging customers to conserve energy for a five-hour peak period on Saturday and Sunday as it confronts both unseasonably hot weather and six power generation facilities tripping offline.
The nonprofit agency’s CEO, Brad Jones, revealed the facilities going offline Friday afternoon resulted in the loss of 2,900 megawatts of power.
Jones added that with soaring temperatures expected for the second straight weekend, power demand will be pushed to the limit.
“We’re asking Texans to conserve power when they can by setting their thermostats to 78 degrees or above and avoiding the usage of large appliances (such as dishwashers, washers and dryers) during peak hours between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. through the weekend,” Jones said in a statement.
As of late Friday afternoon, all reserve generation resources available are operating, Jones said.
Why anybody should be the slightest surprised that Texas gets hot at this time of the year beats me! And it does not bode well for the real summer heat to come.
The real problem, of course, has been the failure to keep enough dispatchable capacity on stream in Texas.
Since 2010, 4 GW of coal power capacity has shut, with effectively no net replacement from gas or other dispatchable sources. Worse still, demand has risen by 15%:
Meanwhile wind power is only running at 17% of capacity:
And they call it progress!
via NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT
MAY 14, 2022