ERCOT Predicts Larger Demand With Record Heat Forecast This Weekend

ERCOT has not issued any conservation warning, expects to have sufficient generation to meet expected increases in demand


The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) predicts larger than normal demand during record-breaking temperatures expected this weekend but, so far, has not issued a conservation warning to Texans.

ERCOT said in a statement Tuesday evening they will "deploy all the tools available to us to manage the grid reliably."

ERCOT said they are coordinating with the Public Utility Commission, generation resource owners and transmission utilities to ensure they are prepared for the extreme heat. 

Additionally, ERCOT said they have asked power plants across the region to postpone planned maintenance outages and to return from outages already in progress in order to serve Texans this weekend.

At this time, ERCOT projects there will be sufficient generation to meet this high demand for electricity and they have not issued a call for conservation.

NBC 5's team of weather experts has said temperatures on Friday will warm to near 90 and that they'll go up from there. On Saturday a high of 94 is expected and on Mother's Day temperatures are expected to climb to 97. See the latest forecast here.

After Tuesday's well-below normal temperatures, there will be a quick warm-up on Wednesday.

Visit the ERCOT website for more information and updates.

Editor's Note: Citing ERCOT's operational messages, NBC 5 incorrectly reported ERCOT was warning of possible power outages this weekend due to increased demand. ERCOT said due to predicted increases in demand they were canceling approved outages of generation facilities undergoing maintenance in order to ensure adequate power supply. We regret the error.

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