After calls for energy conservation, Texas grid officials vow the lights will 'stay on'
- May 20, 2022 2:27 pm GMT
(KUT) -Friday's out-of the blue call for energy conservation showed the system is working exactly as intended, grid operators suggested Tuesday.
Six natural gas power plants had broken down amid a heat wave and historically high electricity demand. The sudden drop in electricity supply rattled the system through the weekend.
During a press conference Tuesday, the heads of the
“The lights are going to stay on this summer, and thank you for playing your part in ensuring grid reliability,”
But some independent analysts say the assessment downplays the likelihood of those scenarios and the possibility of multiple failures cropping up on the system simultaneously.
“I don't think the grid is ready to handle another 2011-style heat wave,” said
2011 was Texas’ hottest year on record. Meteorologists and the state climatologist have warned that Texans could be in store for something close if current weather trends continue.
The release of the power grid’s seasonal assessment came at an awkward time for the state officials. The high demand and sudden drop in electricity generation a few days earlier signaled supply had gotten tighter than it had since last summer, prompting the conservation request.
But the heads of
“Conservation is a good thing,” said
Jones previously has said he plans to step down from his role at
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