After the February winter storms left more than 4 million Texans without power during freezing temperatures, many looked to the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas – or ERCOT – for an explanation. Energy demand rose while temperatures fell, so the state’s power grid manager began implementing rotating power outages. While this move was intended to help level out supply and demand, many Texans were left without power – or heat – for an average of 42 hours.
Summers in Texas are hot, a fact that is unsurprising for anyone who has ever set foot in the Lone Star State in July. Historically, energy demand spikes in the summer months when residents and businesses rely more on air conditioning to keep cool.
Following the February winter storm and the criticism towards ERCOT, many residents took to Twitter to voice concerns about whether the grid manager would be able to handle the summer energy demand in Texas.
So, how did the grid manager handle summer energy demand? Here’s what happened – and why it matters.