ERCOT Predicts Enough Power For Winter & Spring

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By NewsRadio 1080 KRLD

DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The Electric Reliability Council of Texas says it expects to have enough power generated to cover demand this winter and spring.

ERCOT, which manages the state's power grid, has released its forecast for peak demand.

ERCOT says its forecast predicts a peak demand of 62,257 megawatts this winter and 64,233 in spring of 2020. ERCOT says it expects to have capacity of more than 82,000 MW.

The forecast includes a contingency, planning for 7,163 MW of outages. ERCOT says it is predicting that number based on historical data.

On January 17 of this year, Texas set a record for peak demand in winter with 65,915 MW used.

ERCOT says an additional 768 MW of generation should be available this winter through new gas, solar and wind projects.