ERCOT Says There's Enough Power as Storm Arrives

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas The operator of the electric transmission grid for most of Texas says there will be enough power to handle usage during the winter storm sweeping across the state.

But Electric Reliability Council of Texas spokeswoman Robbie G. Searcy says it may ask customers to cut their usage should there be significant failures at power plants.

Searcy said in an email Thursday that power generators have been asked to implement plans for inclement weather and to make plants available that previously were scheduled to be offline for maintenance.

Searcy says ERCOT believes there will be enough electricity for the 23 million customers for which it manages the flow of power.

If power plants have significant generation losses, Searcy says ERCOT may ask consumers to cut electric use to maintain the grid's reliability.

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