So, how is ERCOT Texas holding up under all that a/c demand?
Here's the ERCOT Texas forecast, as of May 13, 2020:
ERCOT adjusted its peak load forecast to 75,200 MW to account for economic impacts related to COVID-19. The new forecast is 1,496 MW less than what was reported in the preliminary summer SARA and increases the summer 2020 reserve margin to 12.6%, up from 10.6%.
However, the new forecast is still higher than ERCOT’s all-time peak demand record of 74,820 MW set on Aug. 12, 2019.
The grid operator anticipates there will be sufficient generation to meet the expected demand under normal/expected operating conditions.Most interesting: despite the lockdown / meltdown-2020 / COVID-19 -- whatever you want to call it -- the new forecast is still higher than ERCOT’s all-time peak demand record of 74,820 MW set on Aug. 12, 2019.
Today, from this link:
It's my impression that Texas is pro-growth and is preparing for increased grid requirements compared to the northeast US which seems, to me, to be anti-growth and not preparing for increased grid requirements.
It will be interesting to look at the grid five years from now across the US. I hardly have a dog in this fight -- I use so little energy -- but it will be interesting to follow.
By the way, ISO New England costs today, link here:
So, how's all that renewable energy working out? Natural gas still accounts for 63%: