Questions Raised About The Texas Power Grid Due To Scorching Heat
The summer heat in Texas has made all of us turn red hasn't it? With the sun continuing to bear down upon us, it has caused many of us to adjust our daily routines. The main reason for the change? Just to avoid going outside at all times.
However, while we are out of our homes, certain items have to stay on to keep the area cool. We've all heard the AC click on and off during the night and day right? However, it's more than just one individual needing cooling, it's multiple Texans needing relief.
However recent events had made some in the state worried about the state's ability to deal with demand.
ERCOT's Alert First Raises Questions
On September 6th of 2023, ERCOT issued an Energy Emergency Alert Level 2 also known as EEA 2. Multiple reasons were provided for the proclamation. But the main thing that Texans were encouraged to do was to conserve.
However, this isn't the first time in summer of 2023 that energy demand was reaching new peaks. According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, ERCOT has new levels of demand 10 times in the Texas 2023 summer.
Items not helping is the current fact that Texas is in the midst of a lack of rain, which in turn makes the heat in the state that much worse. But is there anything the state can do to ease the strain of power demand in the state?
One Texas Professor's Suggestion
An energy resources professor from the University of Texas, Michael Webber, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, that an investment in more solar and wind power could help assist with demand when the summer heat turns extreme.
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