City of Houston preparing for grid concerns after ERCOT asks residents and businesses to conserve power

City of Houston preparing for grid concerns after ERCOT asks residents and businesses to conserve power

HOUSTON — The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which operates the state's electric grid,

is asking residents and businesses to voluntarily conserve power Monday afternoon and into the evening due to the extreme heat.

Extreme high temperatures are expected to create record demand for electricity across Texas, according to Reliant Energy.

ERCOT issued an appeal on Sunday night for energy conservation on Monday, from 2 to 8 p.m.

ERCOT also issued a watch for a "projected reserve capacity shortage" during that timeframe. ERCOT said it does not anticipate system-wide outages.

ERCOT budgets in a "reserve" amount of electricity that it can rely on in case demand exceeds supply.

The City of Houston is also on alert in case of power grid problems. In a tweet, Mayor Sylvester Turner sent out shortly after ERCOT

issued that energy conservation appeal saying the city's fire, police and other agencies are preparing by checking fuel and operational generators

The six-hour window on Monday with not enough reserve could create an Energy Emergency Alert, ERCOT said

which is a series of emergency procedures the grid operator enacts when operating reserves drop below specified levels

Those procedures are designed to protect the reliability of the electric system as a whole and prevent an uncontrolled system-wide outage, ERCOT said.

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