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WATCH LIVE: ERCOT to give update on Texas power outages

1 week 4 days 10 hours ago Thursday, February 18 2021 Feb 18, 2021 February 18, 2021 8:53 AM February 18, 2021 in News - Local
By: KRGV Digital Team

WATCH LIVE: ERCOT to give update on Texas power outages

Energy emergency conditions remain as the grid operator and transmission owners work to restore the remaining customers that are without power despite the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) announcing they have made “significant” progress in restoring customer power overnight.

"We’re to the point in the load restoration where we are allowing transmission owners to bring back any load they can related to this load shed event," ERCOT Senior Director of System Operations Dan Woodfin announced Thursday. "We will keep working around the clock until every single customer has their power back on."

Customers that remain without power likely fall into one of these three categories according to ERCOT:

• 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

Transmission owners are assessing how many customers are affected at this time.

While there is no additional load shed occurring at this time, ERCOT said a little over 40,000 MW of generation remains on forced outage due to this winter weather event. Of that, 23,500 MW is thermal generation and the rest is wind and solar.

ERCOT also said in a news release that some level of rotating outages may be needed over the next couple of days to keep the grid stable.

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