Record Heat Strains the Texas Electric Grid

Last Updated:
Mon, 2013-05-13 15:00
Last Commented:
Thu, 2011-09-29 05:10

Where are all the BPI Building Analysts and RESNET HERS Raters in Texas? Summer is in full swing, and our energy demands have never been higher. This is evident by the recent strain to the Texas electric grid. A recent news article highlights this issue.

Texas electric grid managers are appealing to the public again to shut off their lights or any other nonessential devices that consume electricity.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is making the appeal each afternoon this week as record afternoon heat breeds record demand for electricity.

ERCOT initiated what it calls Energy Emergency Level 1 at 2:50 p.m. Wednesday after reserve generating capacity for the grid fell below 2,300 megawatts. An ERCOT statement says reserve margins over demand peaks are "expected to be very tight" this afternoon "and ERCOT operators are closely monitoring the situation.

Level 2 occurs of the reserve margin falls below 2,000 megawatts and involves cutting power to large commercial and industrial users. Level 3 involving rotating power outages comes if the margin falls below 1,750 megawatts.

How many megawatts of electricity would be saved if large neighborhoods of homes were more energy efficient? As homeowners turn up the dial on the AC are they aware of whether or not the cold air is escaping through holes in the building envelope?

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To read the news article mentioned above, click here.

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