The following recommendation from Killeen Utilities Online contains a summary of a March 1, 2012 news release from ERCOT (Electric Reliability Council of Texas):
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It might be a good idea for folks to anticipate conserving electricity this summer. ERCOT expects a possible shortage of the state’s capacity to keep up with power demands this summer. Last summer, due to the extreme drought, ERCOT set the all time record for peak demand.
The Climate Prediction Center is declaring a 40% chance of hotter than normal weather this summer, though not necessarily as bad as last year. The recent rains have brought reservoir levels up, lessening the danger of water levels falling low enough to interfere with electric power plant operation.
Though the need for rotating outages may become possible, officials say it probably won’t happen unless demands go above what is currently projected. Current projections are for a higher than normal peak demand. This particular level would probably not necessitate rotating outages. Electric providers should be OK, but if demand goes higher than these projections, these outages could be required. Rotating outages are an extreme measure initiated to protect the grid from a complete blackout.
Officials are attempting to increase voluntary reduction of peak demand for the hottest parts of the summer in order to stay off the need for rotating outages. Cooperation is solicited from some large commercial entities, but residential power consumers can help significantly by taking measures to conserve energy themselves.
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