Tag: ERCOT

Texas wind generation output tops 17,000 MW in ERCOT region

Texas wind generation output tops 17,000 MW in ERCOT region

More than 17,000 MW of installed wind generation capacity serving the ERCOT system Wind generation set a recently, providing more than 15,000 megawatts of the electricity used in the ERCOT region for the first time ever. Specifically, the ERCOT system used 15,033 MW of electricity from wind at 12:35 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 27, representing […]

By December 10, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Thanksgiving holiday causes unique electricity usage patterns across the country

Thanksgiving holiday causes unique electricity usage patterns across the country

 Unique electricity usage pattern seen on Thanksgiving Day reflects the holiday’s popular activities In terms of electricity usage, Thanksgiving Day is one of the most unusual days of the year. Typically at this time of year, electric loads in most regions have a small peak in the morning and a larger peak in the evening, […]

By December 5, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Texas ERCOT system breaks record, exceeds 70,000 MW in hourly peak demand

Texas ERCOT system breaks record, exceeds 70,000 MW in hourly peak demand

With regional temperatures expected to hover in triple digits for much of the week, ERCOT’s load projected to peak above 70,000 MW again Austin, TX — ERCOT today set a new systemwide peak demand of 70,169 megawatts (MW)*. The new record occurred just two days shy of the one-year anniversary of ERCOT’s previous 69,877 MW […]

ERCOT expects enough electricity for summer, but El Niño could affect wind generation

ERCOT expects enough electricity for summer, but El Niño could affect wind generation

Environmental regulations, utility decisions about power generation capacity could affect 10-year reserve forecast AUSTIN, Texas – ERCOT, the operator of the electric grid and competitive electric market for most of Texas, has released seasonal and 10-year outlooks that anticipate adequate generation capacity for upcoming electricity demands. However, both the Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy (SARA) and […]

ERCOT says plenty of power generation to meet Texas spring/summer demand

ERCOT says plenty of power generation to meet Texas spring/summer demand

Summer peak demand could surpass 70,000 MW for the first time, ERCOT estimates 79,000-plus MW peak supply ERCOT, the operator of the electric grid and market serving most of Texas, says that based on seasonal forecasts,  its power system should have plenty of capacity to keep Texans cool and businesses humming this spring and summer. “Taking […]

Texas News: ERCOT issues 2015 state of the grid report

Texas News: ERCOT issues 2015 state of the grid report

Texas has far more wind power than any other state, set wind generation records 8 times in 2015 The business of generating electricity in Texas is rapidly changing as coal consumption declines, natural gas use increases, and renewables appear poised to play a bigger role – all of which was captured in ERCOT’s State of the Grid […]

By February 12, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Electricity use in Texas ERCOT region grows 2.2% in 2015, fueled by natural gas

Electricity use in Texas ERCOT region grows 2.2% in 2015, fueled by natural gas

Natural gas (48.3%) continues to be the dominant fuel used to generate electricity in ERCOT region followed by coal (28.1%) AUSTIN, Texas – A record-breaking summer, which brought a new all-time peak demand record approaching 70,000 megawatts, contributed to an increase in electricity use in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) region in 2015. […]

By January 18, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
New Texas power generation drives up ERCOT reserve margins through 2025

New Texas power generation drives up ERCOT reserve margins through 2025

ERCOT peak demand summer forecast: 70,500 MW plus in 2016 growing to nearly 78,000 MW by 2025 AUSTIN, TX — The updated 10-year Capacity, Demand and Reserves (CDR) report released today by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) shows a continuing rise in planning reserve margins in coming years, due primarily to the anticipated addition of […]

By December 1, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
ERCOT names Cheryl Mele next chief operating officer

ERCOT names Cheryl Mele next chief operating officer

Mele currently serves as deputy general manager and chief operating officer of Austin Energy, where she leads all aspects of its power operations and planning efforts AUSTIN, TX, – Cheryl Mele will become the next senior vice president and chief operating officer of ERCOT. ERCOT is the independent system operator of the electric grid and […]

By November 24, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Texas keeps breaking wind generation records as capacity grows rapidly

Texas keeps breaking wind generation records as capacity grows rapidly

More than 4,000 MW installed in Texas during 16 months from June 2014 through Sept. 2015 A combination of new wind generation capacity, strong wind conditions, and unseasonably warm temperatures have helped Texas break wind power generation record, according to the US Energy Information Administration. The latest all-time instantaneous peak of 12,238 megawatts (MW) reached on […]

By November 5, 2015 0 Comments Read More →