Resource adequacy, summer demand remain priorities for ERCOT Board of Directors

July 23rd, 2012 | by Terry Preuninger

 AUSTIN, The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) Board of Directors at its July meeting took several actions to ensure market rules and practices continue to support an efficient market and address future resource adequacy concerns.  ERCOT is the independent system operator for the Texas transmission grid serving most of the State.

Board members also sought assurance that the grid, generators and consumers are prepared for days when temperatures and electricity use likely will escalate.

“While significant efforts have gone into preparing for our peak season, we have a lot of work ahead of us,” said ERCOT Board Chairman Craven Crowell. “The recent rains and more normal temperatures have certainly been welcome, but our experience this summer shows that ERCOT must remain vigilant.”

Staff presented ongoing and upcoming conservation messaging and shared concepts for public service announcements that are scheduled to begin in August. The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) “Power to Save” campaign will focus on taking action during the 3-7 p.m. hours to reduce peak demand and help consumers save money on their electric bills.

“I’m encouraged by ERCOT’s and the PUC’s efforts to increase consumer education and awareness of the tremendous power consumers have in shaping our market,” said Crowell, reminding board members that “increasing the amount and sophistication of demand response is a key piece of the puzzle in resolving resource adequacy concerns.”

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