West Texas Needs Electricity: The Congested Transmission Problem
- Jul 19, 2019 11:11 am GMT
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is contending with transmission congestion issues as West Texas electricity peak demand has increased tenfold in the past decade. Rapid additions of solar and wind generation have further complicated matters as the state fast tracks construction of new transmission lines to expand available transmission capacity (ATC).
As the electricity intensive oil industry has expanded in Texas, so has power generation demand as each of its estimated 187,000 operating pump jack motors can require an average of 10,000kWhr a month. Additionally, the Houston metroplex area has seen a population increase of 18% since 2010 stressing electricity supplies along the North to Houston Import region.
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