ERCOT Concerned About Electric Usage As Schools Begin Year

By Denis Martyn, NewsRadio 1080 KRLD
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The hot noonday sun shines through power lines. (credit: Gerard Burkhart/AFP/Getty Images)

NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Electric Reliability Council of Texas is a little worried about what’s going to happen on the first day of school across the state.

The council says Monday’s firing up of school buildings that have laid idle over the summer could put a strain on the state’s electric grid.

ERCOT Chief Operating Officer Michael Cleary told the Public Utility Commission Friday that he is concerned that the grid will not be able to handle all the schools that will be coming on line Monday morning.

Cleary says schools normally add 1,000 to 1,500 megawatts of demand statewide. He says that’s normally a drop in the bucket, but this has not been a normal summer.  He told the PUC that jump would have been enough to cause rolling blackouts during the record power demands of July and earlier this month.

Temperatures in North Texas are expected to tie a record of 105 degrees Monday.

ERCOT has had some trouble dealing with the demand for electricity during this summer, but hasn’t yet had to institute any rolling blackouts despite being close.


One Comment

  1. tim says:

    ERCOT need to earn how to their job then we would never need rolling blackouts.Build a new nuclear power plant !

    1. 2sister says:

      Tim, the building of nuclear power plants is not regulated by ERCOT. That’s regulated by the United States Nuclear Regulatory Committee. ERCOT can’t just go out and build one..

  2. Electric Man Idiot says:

    Swear to God this ERCOT Azzclown Person Cant Keep their mouths Shut for a minute. Its all about Him. He must have a Bigger EGO than ANY Nuclear Reactor Ever Built

    1. 2sister says:

      I don’t read this as an ego trip, but more like he;s concerned. Also, he’s not the one that kept putting his name in the article. That was CBS 11.

  3. Scot Fahey says:

    With all the cuts in Texas Education, Why bother starting schools untill affter labor day.

    1. 2sister says:

      I don’t like that the schools start before labor day. T I think it changed when I was in high school. It would probably be hard, however, to go back to the way things were, because I believe the number of required school days has significantly increased since I was in high school. Also, the state may have cut funding, but they didn’t cut requirements on curriculum.

  4. Erik Guerin says:

    Maybe if Oncor raises rates again, we idiots won’t have the ability to turn on the electricity. All they have to do is ask, and PUC will eagerly help them justify the need.

  5. JLS says:

    The TX public school system could save taxpayers $$$, and Energy if they changed/adjusted the school calender.

  6. Kate says:

    Why not have some schools have the option of running at night(high school) at night. It’s cooler, parents could work at night and less electricity would be used. There would be less traffic and the students who like to stay up all night and sleep late in the day would get to.

    1. 2sister says:

      I don’t think that would work for a number of reasons. Here are a couple. First, the teachers who teach them often have families that they have to take care of. Second, I wouldn’t really want a bunch of high school children out on the road at night. It’s harder to see at night, and they aren’t usually experienced at driving.

  7. Yowzasma says:

    Why not install some solar energy in schools?

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