ERCOT issues Friday alert as temperature records fall

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) issued a short supply alert Friday at 10:30 a.m. Central Standard Time as temperatures in much of the state were projected to hit new highs in the triple digits. Electric load is running 1,000 Mw or significantly over forecasts, ERCOT said, although ERCOT's current plan shows adequate resources to serve the forecast peak load.


The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) issued a short supply alert Friday at 10:30 a.m. Central Standard Time as temperatures in much of the state were projected to hit new highs in the triple digits.

Electric load is running 1,000 Mw or "significantly" over forecasts, ERCOT said, "although ERCOT's current plan shows adequate resources to serve the forecast peak load."

ERCOT has forecast Friday's load will peak at 57,161 Mw, down from a record-setting load Thursday. Preliminary numbers indicate electricity usage hit an all-time peak of 57,731 Mw Thursday, breaking a record set Wednesday of 55,994 Mw.

ERCOT attributed high electricity usage Thursday to start of classes and a surge in usage at the University of Texas in Austin where temperatures reached 107� F and at the Texas A&M University in College Station were temperatures were 109� F, plus continuing record-breaking temperatures throughout the state.

Peak load in August 1999 was 54,849, while the August 1998 peak load was 53,689 Mw.

ERCOT, which was forecast to have a total net capacity of 61,705 Mw by August 2000, has already exceeded its forecast August peak of 55,319 Mw.

ERCOT�which by next summer will be operating as an independent system operator (ISO) under Texas's new deregulation law�called for utilities to shed voluntary interruptible load for 4 days in May and 1 day in July, according to Kent Saathoff, director of technical operations.

By this time in 2001, the area of Texas served by ERCOT will have about 66,000 Mw of total electric generating capacity, including 4,000-7,000 Mw of new generation, and a peak load of about 57,000 Mw, Saathoff has said.

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