The Corporation of Texas , which runs the state’s electric grid, and is being held accountable for the winter blackouts and power cuts that have killed more than 100 people, asks the people to conserve energy for the rest of the week amidst the heatwave.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) announced on Monday that tight grid situations have resulted due to “a significant number of forced generation outages” in addition to the latent for record power use in June due to the extreme summer heat.
In a media briefing, Warren Lasher, Sr. Director of System Planning confirmed, Texas power plants are witnessing specific challenges. For example, during the winters, the power plants ran short of heat and power amidst extreme freezing temperatures.Power conservation initiatives are being encouraged in the summer months to avoid such scenarios. More than 100 people have died due to the current storm and consequent blackouts earlier in February.
Numerous gas and coal plants are currently offline to fix the mechanical problems at various plants, as Lasher said. But he did not offer detailed information on how many plants have been or are being affected or where the plants are located. Lasher also did not tell whether any of the plant maintenances and repairs are due to the winter freeze or some other unknown or undetectable reason.