Thursday 4 August 2022 05:28 PM 26 million Texan facing AC and power crisis amid 100f temps trends now
Extreme heat is expected to worsen the situation in Texas on Thursday, with demand on the power grid reaching an all-time high.
Temperatures are expected to reach 105f in some parts of the state, creating a demand of about 80 gigawatts in energy.
Multiple heat advisories have been put in effect for various counties as temperatures rise and wildfires continue to threaten the state.
To keep up with anticipated high use of air conditioners across the state, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas Inc. (ERCOT) is expected to utilize wind turbines to generate more electricity, according to data reported by Bloomberg.
System-wide prices are expected to peak at an average of $365 a megawatt-hour at 5 p.m., according to ERCOT. About 22% of power supplies will be dependent on wind and renewables during peak hours.
Despite the potential strain on the power grid, ERCOT expects 'sufficient generation to meet forecasted demand,' a spokesperson told DailyMail.com.
Temperatures are expected to reach above 103f in some areas as a heat wave continues to strike the state. The high temperatures are threatening the power grid as residents may crank up the air conditioner
To keep up with the demand, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas Inc. is expected to utilize wind turbines to generate more electricity, according to a report
Heat advisories have been put into place along with thunderstorm warnings on the east and south side of the state
As more residents crank up the air, the fear of coal and natural gas experiencing breakdowns to reach ERCOT's demand for reserves lingers among power experts.
Michele Richmond, executive director of Texas Competitive Power Advocates, told Bloomberg that she worries about the stress applied to various energy systems as ERCOT attempts to meet their reserve goals.
'The fleet continues