June 6 – Texas demand for energy will break the all-time record this week, just before the hottest summer days, state power grid testing after problems earlier this year and last year’s days – long darkness during the deep cold.
The Electric Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which uses the grid in many parts of the state, expects energy demand to rise to a record high on Tuesday – levels exceeded by August 2019.
Consumption is expected to reach 75,195 megawatts (MW) on June 7 due to expected temperatures exceeding normal levels this time of year. ERCOT, which serves more than 26 million Texas customers covering about 90% of government capacity, said it had sufficient resources available to meet the forecast requirements.
“The ERCOT climate adjustments have been growing rapidly since mid-2021,” said Morris Greenberg, North America’s chief of energy analytics officer at S&P Global Commodity Insights.
AccuWeather predicts Houston’s high temperatures this week – up to 90s Fahrenheit, higher than usual – and will lead businesses and residents to increase energy use as they blow air conditioners.
Extreme weather is increasingly challenging the electricity grids throughout the United States, and regulators have already predicted that recorded temperatures and droughts this summer could lead to power outages in several regions of the country.
Much attention is focused on Texas, where the demand for energy increases as the population grows, and after the state has endured a few days without power during the Winter Storm Ur War last February. Texas was the third fastest-growing population in the last decade, according to U.S. data. Census, adding weight to the grid.
The grid says the addition of wind and solar power plants over the past year will increase the number of energy sources available to 91,392 MW.
Even if ERCOT has sufficient equipment to store lights this summer, grid power cords may not be able to move all the energy from where it is produced to where it is used.
The so-called transmission congestion will increase costs for consumers. During a heat wave in mid-May, ERCOT was forced to urge consumers to save energy after many power outages suddenly shut down, causing real-time prices to rise sharply to more than $ 4,000 per megawatt-hour (MWh).
“Real-time traffic congestion has increased by 46 percent by 2021, to $ 2.1 billion,” Potomac Economics, ERCOT’s Independent Market Monitor, reported in a May report, noting that over $ 560 million in overcrowding has been created. during the Winter Storm. Uri.
Texas is the largest energy producer in the nation, but also the largest consumer of energy in the United States. Its industrial sector accounts for 23% of industrial power consumption across the country, which is expected to grow due to mining, refining, and crypto-currency mining, which is rapidly increasing in demand.
One megawatt can be quite powerful in U.S. homes. 1,000 on a typical day, but about 200 homes on a hot summer day.