ERCOT http://kut.org en Winter Storm Warning for Monday Evening, Tuesday Morning http://kut.org/post/winter-storm-warning-monday-evening-tuesday-morning <p>The Austin area could see freezing rain and sleet tonight and tomorrow. There’s a <a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=TXZ192&amp;warncounty=TXC453&amp;firewxzone=TXZ192&amp;local_place1=&amp;product1=Winter+Storm+Warning#.UxRq54V00Rc" target="_blank">Winter Storm Warning</a> in effect from 8 p.m. on Monday until noon on Tuesday.</p><p>Many Texans may be cranking up their thermostats to fight the cold. But the operator of the state’s electric grid hopes people won’t turn the heat up higher than 68 degrees.</p><p>The Electric Reliability Council of Texas – or ERCOT – is <a href="http://www.ercot.com/news/press_releases/show/26600" target="_blank">asking Texans to conserve </a>so that there’s enough energy to meet the increased demand. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 13:12:54 +0000 Laura Rice 9880 at http://kut.org Winter Storm Warning for Monday Evening, Tuesday Morning Memo Cites Legal Hurdles for City to Get Out of Coal Plant http://kut.org/post/memo-cites-legal-hurdles-city-get-out-coal-plant <p><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This is an excerpt from an article written by our Austin City Hall reporting partner, the</em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">&nbsp;</span><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><a href="http://www.austinmonito Thu, 09 Jan 2014 16:21:27 +0000 Bill McCann 9509 at http://kut.org Memo Cites Legal Hurdles for City to Get Out of Coal Plant ERCOT: Rolling Blackout Threat Averted In Cold Snap http://kut.org/post/ercot-rolling-blackout-threat-averted-cold-snap <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">As chilly weather grips much of Texas, the state's electricial grid operator is asking consumers to reduce their energy use, though it says a brief threat of rolling blackouts has been averted.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 14:57:33 +0000 Jim Malewitz, Texas Tribune 9487 at http://kut.org ERCOT: Rolling Blackout Threat Averted In Cold Snap ERCOT Says Plenty Of Electricity Available Through Winter http://kut.org/post/ercot-says-plenty-electricity-available-through-winter <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/kstx/audio/2013/09/ercot_autumn-1-EP_(2).mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas is expected to have sufficient levels of stored power to serve peak demands this fall and winter.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> The Electric Reliability Council of Texas released its Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy on Tuesday.</span><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ERCOT found that its available generation, even under extreme load conditions, will be more than sufficient for the upcoming fall season starting in October, and sufficient Wed, 04 Sep 2013 14:58:39 +0000 Eileen Pace 8597 at http://kut.org ERCOT Says Plenty Of Electricity Available Through Winter Rolling Blackouts Unlikely This Summer, ERCOT Says http://kut.org/post/rolling-blackouts-unlikely-summer-ercot-says <p>Rolling blackouts are unlikely this summer, according to the state’s grid regulator, the <a href="http://www.ercot.com/">Electric Reliability Council of Texas</a>, which released <a href="http://www.ercot.com/content/news/presentations/2013/SARA-Summer2013.pdf" target="_blank"> its outlook</a> (PDF) for the adequacy of the power grid for the summer months.</p><p>“If we do have a much hotter than normal summer, one like 2011, or if we have much higher than normal generator outages, we could be into our emergency procedures this summer,” said Kent Saathoff, executive advisor at ERCOT.</p> Wed, 01 May 2013 21:41:11 +0000 Nathan Bernier 7578 at http://kut.org Rolling Blackouts Unlikely This Summer, ERCOT Says Texas Nuclear Reactor Resumes Operation http://kut.org/post/texas-nuclear-reactor-resumes-operation <p><a href="http://www.austinenergy.com">Austin Energy</a> is getting some of its power again from the <a href="http://www.stpnoc.com">South Texas Project</a>. <span style="line-height: 1.5;">STP is a nuclear power source in the Bay City area where one of four reactors was offline for the past few months because of a fire outside the unit.</span></p><p>On Tuesday it started <a href="http://storage.cloversites.com/stpnuclearoperatingcompany/documents/4-23-13U2BackOnline.pdf">operating again</a>.</p><p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 23:52:50 +0000 Trey Shaar 7470 at http://kut.org Texas Nuclear Reactor Resumes Operation The Lead: Officer-Involved Shooting, ERCOT's Summer Evaluation, F1 Track Race Ready http://kut.org/post/lead-officer-involved-shooting-ercots-summer-evaluation-f1-track-race-ready <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The State of Texas <a href="http://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/death_row/dr_info/fostercleve.html" target="_blank">executed Cleve Foster</a>, 48, last night. He was put to death for the sexual assault and shooting death of Nyaneur "Mary" Pal in Fort Worth in 2002.</p><p>Here’s what KUT News has been working on this morning:</p><ul><li><strong><a href="http://kutnews.org/post/suspect-critically-injured-officer-involved-shooting" target="_blank">Suspect Critically Injured in Officer-Involved Shooting</a></strong></li></ul><ul><li><h2 class="node-title" itemprop="name"><strong><a href="http://kutnews.org/post/ercot-board-examines-summer-power-usage-makes-predictions-fall">ERCOT Board Examines Summer Power Usage, Makes Predictions for Fall</a></strong></h2></li></ul><ul><li><a href="http://kutnews.org/post/f1-officials-declare-austin-track-ready-race" target="_blank"><strong>F1 Officials Declare Austin Track Ready to Race</strong></a></li></ul><p>Here’s a roundup other Austin and Texas stories from around the web:</p><ul><li><strong>Austin's First 'Kids Only' Yoga Studio</strong> (<a href="http://www.keyetv.com/news/top-stories/stories/vid_4395.shtml" target="_blank">KEYE</a>)</li></ul><p>KEYE reports that The Little Yoga House is Austin's first "kids only" yoga studio. Creators say it teaches kids not only about the importance of a healthy lifestyle but also about dealing with stress in a healthy way.</p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 15:09:49 +0000 Laura Rice 5167 at http://kut.org ERCOT Board Examines Summer Power Usage, Makes Predictions for Fall http://kut.org/post/ercot-board-examines-summer-power-usage-makes-predictions-fall <p><a href="http://www.ercot.com/content/alerts/html/normal.html" target="_blank">The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)</a> says that though the Texas electric grid saw <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/am-update-record-electric-demand-child-car-safety-new-tar-sands-pipeline" target="_blank">new monthly peaks</a> in June and July, the overall electric demand fell below last summer’s record-setting numbers.&nbsp;</p><p>At the Board of Directors September meeting yesterday, directors were briefed on the <a href="http://kutnews.org/webclip/ercot-girds-high-use-urges-electric-conservation" target="_blank">summer’s power grid demand</a> and peaks over the summer and made projections for fall and winter.&nbsp;</p><p>This summer, ERCOT didn’t have to issue any energy emergence alerts (EEA)—which can result in rotating outages in order to prevent a power grid overload and statewide blackout. Last summer, ERCOT issued seven EEAs. Though this summer’s weather was hotter than the state’s 15-year average, it didn’t reach the sweltering levels achieved in 2011, so air conditioner use was somewhat lower. Wed, 26 Sep 2012 14:04:23 +0000 Kelli Ainsworth 5168 at http://kut.org ERCOT Board Examines Summer Power Usage, Makes Predictions for Fall City, State Energy Conservation Varies by Department http://kut.org/post/city-state-energy-conservation-varies-department <p>Triple-digit heat is putting pressure on the state&rsquo;s electrical system. Texas <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/am-update-record-electric-demand-child-car-safety-new-tar-sands-pipeline" target="_blank">set a record</a> yesterday for peak demand during the month of June. Officials with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas are <a href="http://kutnews.org/webclip/ercot-girds-high-use-urges-electric-conservation" target="_blank">asking everyone</a> to reduce electricity use from 3 to 7 p.m. That means turning up your thermostat by a couple of degrees and avoiding use of large appliances during those hours.</p><p>The City of Austin and the State of Texas are some of the largest energy users in the city.</p><p>Carlos Cordova is with Austin Energy. He says the city relies on Austin&rsquo;s Energy&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.austinenergy.com/energy%20efficiency/Programs/Rebates/Commercial/Commercial%20Energy/loadCooperativeProg.pdf" target="_blank">Load Cooperative program</a> for alerts about peak usage and to track incentives for reducing use. Tue, 26 Jun 2012 18:16:05 +0000 Laura Rice 4553 at http://kut.org City, State Energy Conservation Varies by Department AM Update: Record Electric Demand, Child Car Safety, New Tar Sands Pipeline http://kut.org/post/am-update-record-electric-demand-child-car-safety-new-tar-sands-pipeline <p><strong>Electricity Demand Hit New June Record Yesterday</strong></p><p>The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the grid operator for most of Texas, reported hitting a new June record for peak electric demand Monday. Electricity use peaked from 4-5 p.m., when 65,047 megawatts were needed.</p><p>A previous record occurred last June, when 63,102 megawatts were used. ERCOT&rsquo;s all-time peak demand, at 68,379 megawatts, occurred last August.</p><p>Triple digit temperatures are forecast for the remainder of the week in Austin.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 26 Jun 2012 13:41:33 +0000 Margaret Nicklas, Chip Skambis & Wells Dunbar 4549 at http://kut.org AM Update: Record Electric Demand, Child Car Safety, New Tar Sands Pipeline AISD Offices Operating on Summer Schedule http://kut.org/post/aisd-offices-operating-summer-schedule <p>A temporary schedule change for Austin ISD schools and offices goes into effect today. AISD says the change is an effort to cut energy usage this summer.</p><p>Starting today and running through July 27, AISD offices will be closed on Fridays. Employees will work 10-hour days Monday through Thursday. Office hours will be 7 a.m to 6 p.m.</p><p>Schools and offices will be completely closed the week of July 2. Mon, 25 Jun 2012 17:24:45 +0000 Laura Rice 4545 at http://kut.org AISD Offices Operating on Summer Schedule ERCOT Predicts No Power Outages This Summer http://kut.org/post/ercot-predicts-no-power-outages-summer <p>Since its creation in 1970, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ercot.com/">Electric Reliability Council of Texas</a>&nbsp;(ERCOT) has experienced blackouts (or in its vocabulary, rolling outages,) only three times. With the majority of that burden falling on residential properties, the community has cause for interest &ndash; but not concern &ndash; according to&nbsp;ERCOT&rsquo;s&nbsp;leaders.</p><p>&ldquo;We don&rsquo;t expect this summer to have to resort to rotating outages,&rdquo; said ERCOT Director of System Planning Warren Lasher. But, he says, &ldquo;if we have another&nbsp;<a href="http://www.treehugger.com/corporate-responsibility/texas-summer-2011-officially-the-emhottestem-in-us-history.html">summer like 2011</a>, the most extreme summer we&rsquo;ve experienced, then we&rsquo;re likely to have at least one day in which we start running short on reserves.&rdquo;<br /><br /> Reserves are generators dedicated to picking up the slack when other generators fail, or when there is a greater electrical demand.&nbsp;ERCOT&nbsp;has enough reserves to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/367334-img-607115524-0001.html">generate over 3,000 megawatts (MW)</a>. To put that in perspective, one megawatt of electricity can power about 200 Texas homes during the hottest day of the year. Overall,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/367335-img-607115538-0001.html">ERCOT&nbsp;has a 74,000 MW capacity</a>. Thu, 07 Jun 2012 20:41:24 +0000 Robb Jacobson 4422 at http://kut.org ERCOT Predicts No Power Outages This Summer Texas Electric Grid Faces Uncertainty in 2012 http://kut.org/post/texas-electric-grid-faces-uncertainty-2012 <p>Will the lights stay on in 2012? Texas electricity experts cannot say for certain.</p><p>The state&rsquo;s electric grid operators are coming off of a tumultuous year, one they are not eager to repeat. In February, a deep freeze knocked numerous power plants out of commission as equipment broke,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/texas-energy/electric-reliability-council-texas/the-rolling-chain-of-events-behind-texas-blackouts/" target="_self">causing rolling blackouts</a>&nbsp;across the state. Then, the hottest summer on record&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/texas-energy/electric-reliability-council-texas/rotating-outages-greater-possibility/" target="_self">spurred repeated conservation warnings</a>, as grid managers worked &mdash; successfully &mdash; to avoid more blackouts.</p><p>What happens next year will largely depend on the weather. While a piping-hot summer could spur blackouts, as electricity use spikes because of air-conditioning loads, winter shortfalls are looking less likely.</p><p> Fri, 23 Dec 2011 14:08:08 +0000 Kate Galbraith, Texas Tribune 3291 at http://kut.org Texas Electric Grid Faces Uncertainty in 2012 Top Morning Stories 12/2/11: Eastside Principal Resigning, UTMB to Continue Prison Health Care http://kut.org/post/top-morning-stories-12211-eastside-principal-resigning-utmb-continue-prison-health-care <p><strong>Eastside Memorial Principal Resigning</strong></p><p>Eastside Memorial High School at the Johnston Campus Principal Joseph Coburn is resigning effective January first. The Austin Independent School District told KUT he announced his resignation during a staff meeting yesterday. An AISD spokeswoman says Coburn is leaving to pursue a doctoral degree. The Eastside school has struggled to meet state academic standards for years.</p><p><strong>UTMB Likely to Continue Prison Health Care in 2012</strong></p><p>University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice have reached a <a href="https://ispace.utmb.edu/departments/PublicAffairs/Web/iUTMB/Correctional%20Managed%20Care%20Contract%20Update.pdf">tentative agreement</a> on prisoner health care. The state would continue to fund UTMB to provide health care to about 120,000 Texas inmates through next August. UTMB was concerned about rising health care costs and more losses in running prisoner health care.</p><p>As KUT&#39;s Ben Philpott reported during <em>Morning Edition</em>, the Texas Legislature will begin its periodical review of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice starting in January. Scott Medlock, with The Texas Civil Rights Project, spoke to KUT about the group&#39;s concerns over health care in the state&#39;s prison system.</p><blockquote><p>The TCRP sent a letter to the Sunset Advisory Commission pointing out what it considers inadequate health care for prisoners. Arguing for prisoner rights doesn&rsquo;t always get results, Medlock said, so he&rsquo;s also proposing measures to improve prisoner conditions while cutting costs for the state. For example, Medlock said the state should review policies that keep geriatric inmates behind bars as they will require a disproportionate amount of the state prison system&rsquo;s healthcare dollars.</p></blockquote><p>You can read Philpott&#39;s <a href="http://kut.org/2011/12/state-to-review-criminal-justice-system/">entire story here.</a></p><p><strong>ERCOT</strong> <strong>Warns of Tight Power Supplies</strong></p><p>The state&#39;s grid operator, the <a href="http://www.ercot.com/news/press_releases/show/459">Electric Reliability Council of Texas</a> is warning there&#39;s a threat for rotating power outages next summer- especially if we have more record-setting temperatures. ERCOT says power reserves are down because some power plant units are scheduled to go offline and some planned units have been delayed. Fri, 02 Dec 2011 11:23:33 +0000 Crystal Chavez, KUT News 3114 at http://kut.org Top Morning Stories 12/2/11: Eastside Principal Resigning, UTMB to Continue Prison Health Care Electric Grid Operator Warns Summer Blackout Threat Could Recur http://kut.org/post/electric-grid-operator-warns-summer-blackout-threat-could-recur <p>In a&nbsp;<a href="http://ercot.com/news/press_releases/show/459" target="_self">report</a>&nbsp;released Thursday, the state&#39;s electric grid operator indicated that next summer could see a repeat of the rolling blackout threats that plagued Texas past summer. The reason: rising demand for electricity and some power plants going offline.</p><p>&quot;If we stay in the current cycle of hot and dry summers, we will be very tight on capacity next summer and have a repeat of this year&#39;s emergency procedures and conservation appeals,&quot; Trip Doggett, chief executive of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), said in a statement.<br /><br /> If crazy weather &mdash; like the deep freeze in February that caused large numbers of power plants to break down &mdash; hits again this winter, outages could also result then, the report said. But Doggett put the risk of this happening in the wintertime as &quot;very low.&quot; Thu, 01 Dec 2011 21:50:34 +0000 Kate Galbraith, Texas Tribune 3111 at http://kut.org Electric Grid Operator Warns Summer Blackout Threat Could Recur Texas Sets Wind Power Record http://kut.org/post/texas-sets-wind-power-record <p>Texas generated the most wind power in its history earlier this month, as more coastal wind farms come online. On October 7, the state generated <a href="http://ercot.com/content/gridinfo/generation/windintegration/2011/10/ERCOT%20Wind%20Integration%20Report%2010-07-11_Rev1.pdf">7,400 megawatts of wind power</a>, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).</p><p>Fifteen percent of all electricity on the ERCOT grid, which covers 85 percent of Texas, was coming from wind power on that day. The previous record, set in June, was 7,355 megawatts.</p><p> Thu, 20 Oct 2011 19:27:02 +0000 Nathan Bernier 2790 at http://kut.org Texas Sets Wind Power Record "Risks of Outages" Under EPA Rule, Texas Report Warns http://kut.org/post/risks-outages-under-epa-rule-texas-report-warns <p><span>In a&nbsp;</span><a href="http://interchange.puc.state.tx.us/WebApp/Interchange/application/dbapps/filings/pgSearch_Results.asp?TXT_CNTR_NO=37897&amp;TXT_ITEM_NO=49" style="color: rgb(0, 137, 144); " target="_blank">report</a><span>&nbsp;released this morning, the Texas electric grid operator warned of &quot;risks of outages for Texas power users&quot; if a federal pollution rule takes effect as scheduled in January.</span></p> Thu, 01 Sep 2011 20:34:44 +0000 Kate Galbraith, Texas Tribune 2385 at http://kut.org "Risks of Outages" Under EPA Rule, Texas Report Warns Top Morning Stories August 29, 2011 http://kut.org/post/top-morning-stories-august-29-2011 <p><strong>Austin Ties for Hottest Temperature</strong></p><p>How did you stay cool yesterday? Austin tied the highest temperature it has ever seen Sunday.&nbsp;The high of 112 at Camp Mabry tied the record set in September 2000. Central Texas is under a heat advisory until nine tonight.&nbsp; Highs today are expected to be near 107. YNN Meteorologist Adam Krueger has more on the historic heat in his <a href="http://austin.ynn.com/content/weather/">weather blog</a>. Mon, 29 Aug 2011 11:07:41 +0000 Crystal Chavez, KUT News 2338 at http://kut.org Top Morning Stories August 29, 2011 ERCOT Makes Push for Conservation http://kut.org/post/ercot-makes-push-conservation <p>Yesterday&#39;s record 110 degrees at Camp Mabry and the prospect of an equally hot day today has the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) calling for more conservation today and into the new week.</p><p>&quot;ERCOT broke a new record yesterday for peak weekend usage and it&#39;s likely that we&#39;ll hit a new all-time peak demand record on Monday or Tuesday,&quot; according to a prepared statement issued this afternoon. &quot;We can&#39;t stress this enough; we need everyone to conserve electricity from 3-7 p.m.&quot;</p> Sun, 28 Aug 2011 17:15:11 +0000 Ian Crawford, KUT News 2337 at http://kut.org ERCOT Makes Push for Conservation Austin Breaks Record For Number of Triple Digit Days http://kut.org/post/austin-breaks-record-number-triple-digit-days <p>The sweltering heat in Texas has taken Austin past an important milestone: We have set a new record for the number of days with triple digit temperatures in a single year.</p><p>At 2:00 this afternoon, thermometers at Camp Mabry registered 100 degrees, making it the 70<sup>th</sup> time this year that has happened. It breaks the previous record of 69 days set in 1925.</p> Wed, 24 Aug 2011 20:56:56 +0000 Nathan Bernier 2307 at http://kut.org Austin Breaks Record For Number of Triple Digit Days