ERCOT ends emergency as grid returns to 'more normal operating conditions'

ERCOT ends emergency as grid returns to 'more normal operating conditions'

CoServ Electric Linemen have been working throughout this winter event to restore service to homes and apartments. Photo by KEN OLTMANN/CoServ

 

In another sign that we're emerging from the winter weather emergency, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas ended emergency conditions and returned to normal operations Friday morning. 

CoServ ended its Emergency Response Plan shortly after ERCOT conditions returned to normal. Conservation is still encouraged, ERCOT announced on Twitter. 

ERCOT, which covers 90 percent of the state, was at the highest level of Energy Emergency Alert from Monday morning through Friday morning, which meant CoServ and other utilities were requested to shed load by conducting rotating outages. That officially ended Friday morning as ERCOT returned operations to normal. 

 CoServ thanks you for your conservation efforts thus far. Click here for tips to conserve energy in your home as we recover from this winter weather emergency. 

No additional rotating outages were needed overnight to keep power supply and electric demand in balance. Only a few generating units tripped. 

"There is enough generation on the electric system to allow us to begin to return to more normal operating conditions," said Dan Woodfin, Senior Director of System Operations for ERCOT. 

As of 7:30 a.m., approximately 34,000 megawatts of generation remains on forced outage due to the winter weather event. Of that, nearly 20,000 megawatts is thermal generation with the rest being wind and solar. 

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