July 22, 2021      5:26 PM
Ahead of significant test of Texas electricity grid, PUC and ERCOT give assurances power will stay on across the state
“Our load expectation could reach an all-time high (next week). We’re projecting somewhere around 74,000 megawatt hours, and the current record is 74,820.”
The Texas Legislature
passed all the legislation necessary to fix the reliability of the Texas
electric grid that failed during Winter Storm Uri, PUC
Chair Peter Lake told reporters during a news conference with ERCOT
Interim CEO Brad Jones on Thursday.
The joint news
conference was intended to update the media and the public ahead of what will
be the hottest weeks of the summer, starting next week, when demand on the
system is expected to hit new highs.
That doesn’t mean
everything is fixed, but it does mean ERCOT has begun to map out strategies to
shore up reserve power and not be caught unprepared.
By Kimberly Reeves