In February 2021, Texans were literally freezing to death in their homes when the state suffered widespread blackouts during weather that was unusually cold for the Lone Star State. Texas’ power grid, which is operated by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), had not been properly winterized and became overwhelmed. And according to a new report by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), hot summer temperatures could also give the Texas power grid more stress than it can handle.
NERC’s 2022 Summer Reliability Assessment, a 46-page report, examines what NERC describes as “areas of concern” for “the upcoming summer season” — and NERC, environmental reporter Haley Zaremba stresses in an article published by OilPrice.com on May 25, is worried about Texas.
“While Texas still lacks the energy capacity necessary to meet demand at its highest points during extreme weather conditions,” Zaremba explains, “NERC acknowledges that Texas has made concerted efforts to mitigate the issue. The Lone Star State has increased its anticipated reserve margins, largely thanks to the increased installation of solar and wind power capacity.”
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