Over the course of this morning ERCOT has rescinded its Energy Emergency Alert.
In practical terms that means, as far as ERCOT electrical grid stability, there is high confidence of adequate electrical supply going forward. There are no additional rolling outages or load reduction requirements expected.
While the grid emergency is over, the cleanup from the winter storm is still in progress. TVEC crews continue to work on difficult-to-access areas with extensive tree damage in Anderson County, with the expectation of having all outages there restored today.
We are are back to normal outage reporting and response through the outage hotline at 800-967-9324. The TVEC outage viewer is also operational again.
ERCOT will end emergency conditions today
AUSTIN, TX, Feb. 19, 2021 – The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) expects to come out of emergency conditions later this morning.
“There is enough generation on the electric system to allow us to begin to return to more normal operating conditions,” said Senior Director of System Operations Dan Woodfin.
No additional outages were needed overnight to keep power supply and electric demand in balance, and only a few generating units tripped.
Electric utilities continue to address remaining customer outages. Customers should contact their electric provider if they are without power.
Customers that are without power likely fall into one of these three categories:
- Areas out due to ice storm damage on the distribution system
- Areas that were taken out of service due to the energy emergency load shed that need to be restored manually (i.e., sending a crew to the location to reenergize the line)
- Large industrial facilities that voluntarily went offline to help during this energy emergency
As of 7:30 this morning, approximately 34,000 MW of generation remains on forced outage due to this winter weather event. Of that, nearly 20,000 MW is thermal generation and the rest is wind and solar.