Texas’ grid operator told a power plant to delay repairs ahead of a May heat wave. It was among six that crashed.
Climate change and other factors are shortening the window when aging Texas power plants can make repairs to run at full strength in hot summer months.
Power generators, providers are making summer preps, but are hamstrung by ERCOT’s caution. As power generators and providers complete the last of their preparations before the summer’s high demand arrives, one trade organization said ERCOT’s caution stemming from the deadly 2021 winter storm.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) over the past week separately expressed concerns about power supply uncertainties in the face of upcoming warmer-than-normal temperatures.