After several days of triple-digit temperatures testing the ability of the Texas power grid to maintain power, another extreme heat wave threatens the state.
The state’s power grid operator, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, known as ERCOT, said Friday it expects to have enough power to meet weekend demand. for the latest heat wave. Temperatures of 100 degrees are predicted daily for next week in Dallas, Abilene and Lubbock, and in the upper 90s in many other areas.
Earlier in the week, ERCOT, which operates the grid for 26 million customers, or 90% of the state, asked consumers to voluntarily reduce their electricity use to avoid blackouts as demand sometimes reaches almost the maximum production capacity of the system.