Record temperatures keep ERCOT on alert

With more recordbreaking temperature predicted, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) issued a short supply alert Tuesday as workers returned to jobs after the Labor Day holiday. Temperatures throughout much of the state were projected to be in triple digits, after exceeding all-time records Monday.


With more recordbreaking temperature predicted, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) issued a short supply alert Tuesday as workers returned to jobs after the Labor Day holiday.

Temperatures throughout much of the state were projected to be in triple digits, after exceeding all-time records Monday. Houston hit 109� F Monday and Dallas sizzled in 110� F weather. The National Weather Service said the heat wave is expected to last through Thursday.

Monday the grid operator for 85% of Texas's electrical load briefly went to Condition 3 emergency conditions as temperatures soared..

Preliminary numbers indicate electricity usage hit an all-time peak of 57,731 Mw Aug.31., breaking a record set the day before of 55,994 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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