NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – It looks like Texas will make it through the summer without rolling power outages.
Officials with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the state’s electric grid operator, say forecasters are not anticipating the same extreme temperatures seen during last summer’s record drought.
While cooling costs may be lower this year there are still steps consumers can be taking now.
“If people are planning to weatherize their homes, put in more insulation maybe a new more efficient air conditioning unit… if they plan on doing that now would be a good time to do it,” suggested Kent Saathoff, ERCOT’s vice president of grid operations.
Even if temperatures don’t set triple-digit records officials say Texans will still need to conserve energy once the weather gets hot.
“Between the hours of three o’clock in the afternoon until about seven in the evening if they could just crank that thermostat up a couple of three degrees [and] not run the dishwasher or any other optional appliances,” Saathoff said.
As it stands ERCOT is expecting normal Texas temperatures and the normal generator outages that come along with them.
Last summer’s extreme heat pushed the power grid to the brink and even forced ERCOT to shed large industrial and commercial users and buy power from Mexico.
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