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ERCOT Power Grid Alert Rattles Texas Two Months After Mass Outages



Texans were asked to conserve energy on Tuesday, amid fears that power demand was close to outstripping supply in the state only two months after millions were hit by blackouts during a winter storm.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which manages the state’s power grid, warned on Tuesday that it was on the verge of issuing an emergency declaration because of inaccurate power generation forecasts and the closure of power plants for maintenance.

ERCOT was criticized for its handling of the fierce winter storm in February, in which more than 100 people died. Six board members subsequently resigned and the chief executive was ousted.

“Due to a combination of high generation outages typical in April and higher than forecasted demand from a stalled cold front over Texas, ERCOT may enter into emergency conditions this afternoon,” said Woody Rickerson, an ERCOT vice president, in a statement emailed to The Liberty Buzz on Tuesday.

However, he added that grid operators were not expecting outages similar to those that hit the state in February.




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