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    ERCOT Urging Conservation Of Electricity Through 7 PM Due To High Texas Temps

    ERCOT administers 90% of the Texas electric power grid.

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    ERCOT Urging Conservation Of Electricity Through 7 PM Due To High Texas Temps

    August 13, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, is urging residents and businesses to reduce their electricity now through 7:00 p.m. Tuesday.

    “High temperatures have resulted in record electricity demand over the last few days and may result in a new record today,” said ERCOT President and CEO Bill Magness. “Consumers can help lower energy consumption by taking some simple actions between the hours of 3 and 7 p.m.”

    Oncor responded with the following statement:

    “This is an issue of supply and demand. While Oncor’s transmission and distribution infrastructure is prepared to handle the increased load, there may not be enough current supply of generation to meet the current demand for electricity,” said Connie Piloto, Oncor Director of Communications. “We are echoing ERCOT’s call for conservation, asking all of our customers to help conserve electricity for the next several hours.”

    Steps to help reduce electricity use:
    • Turn thermostat up 2 to 3 degrees during the peak hours of 3 to 7 p.m.
    • Set programmable thermostats to higher temperatures when no one is home.
    • Use fans to feel 4 to 6 degrees cooler.
    • Limit use of large appliances (i.e., dishwasher, washer, dryer, etc.) to morning or after 7 p.m.
    • If you cook indoors from 3 to 7 p.m., use a microwave or slow cooker.
    • Close blinds and drapes during late afternoon.
    • Schedule pool pumps to run in the early morning or overnight hours; shut off between 4 and 6 p.m.

    The Public Utility Commission of Texas is also urging Texans to conserve electricity this afternoon as record electricity demand meets higher than normal temperatures.
    “When the energy demands of our state’s steadily growing population and booming economy intersect with hot summer temperatures, the supply of power can get a little tight, so we’re calling on Texans to help moderate demand for electricity with a few simple choices during the late afternoon hours this week,” said DeAnn Walker, Chairman of the Public Utility Commission of Texas.

    https://dfw.cbslocal.com/2019/08/13/...h-texas-temps/
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    Energy Emergency Alert (EEA) 1

    CONSERVATION NEEDED
    Energy Emergency Alert (EEA) 1

    ERCOT has issued an EEA level 1. Operating reserves have dropped below 2,300 MW and are not expected to recover within 30 minutes. At this time, ERCOT is calling on all available power supplies, including power from other grids, if available.

    View ERCOTís EEA summary document for more information.

    Conservation Tips

    ERCOT is asking consumers to conserve energy to help lower electric demand. Consumers can help by taking the following steps, especially during peak demand periods:



    http://www.ercot.com/eea_info/show/26462
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    Environmental constraints have been waived.

    Full speed ahead!
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    Sent: Tue, Aug 13, 2019 02:48 PM

    Subject: M-A081319-01 TCEQ Notice of Enforcement Discretion

    NOTICE DATE: August 13, 2019
    NOTICE TYPE: M-A081319-01 Operations

    SHORT DESCRIPTION: TCEQ Notice of Enforcement Discretion
    INTENDED AUDIENCE: QSEs with Resources and Resource Entities
    DAY/S AFFECTED: August 13, 2019 until further notice

    LONG DESCRIPTION: The ERCOT Region continues to experience sustained state-wide record setting load. ERCOT expects significant high load for today’s afternoon peak due to continued high temperatures throughout the ERCOT Region. These conditions make it more likely that the ERCOT Region will experience a power emergency. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has communicated to ERCOT that, effective immediately, TCEQ will use its enforcement discretion for generating facilities to assist during these extreme temperatures. To maximize generation requested by ERCOT, TCEQ will exercise its enforcement discretion for exceedances of emission and operational limits of power generating facilities for generators that exceed air permit limits.

    Any generating facility that expects to exceed its air permit limits to assist during these extreme temperatures shall provide a notice of this action to Kelly Cook (kelly.cook@tceq.texas.gov), Director of Critical Infrastructure Division for TCEQ. Unless TCEQ provides notice otherwise, the period of enforcement discretion will continue until ERCOT provides a Market Notice declaring that the enforcement discretion has ended.

    See “Procedure for Requesting TCEQ Enforcement Discretion Relating to a Power Emergency in Texas for ERCOT, MISO, or SPP Regions”, available at https://www.tceq.texas.gov/assets/pu...discretion.pdf.

    http://www.ercot.com/services/comm/m.../archives/4252
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    "The most intriguing point for the historian is that where history and legend meet."

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    Watching the grass go from green to tan, fruit trees wilting and we've begun watering them once a week in the evening, cattle staying in the shade all day except to come out for water, they're grazing mostly at night now. Putting frozen water bottles in the chicken waterers. Burn bans all around us, our county should be soon. We're going through cold bottled water at a fast clip. Have the thermostat at 80 during the day, all blinds and thermal light-blocking curtains closed. Ceiling fans on in whatever room we're in. It's Texas hot, hardly a cloud in the sky. The stained concrete floors are still kinda cool...I'll admit I've thought about stretching out on them more than once.

    I probably should turn off the computer.

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    Heh, be like the utilities here in CA, shut the power off to nonessentials. We are lucky since we're on a crucial circuit. When other parts of the county are off, ours stays on. PG&E gives an alert then warning that power is going off. It gets hot here just like Texas.

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    Not in Texas, but our temp reached 115 today. Yesterday, a little town just a bit west of us hit 122. That's with heat index included, of course. Excessive Heat Warning is in effect, but so far, no strain on our grid.
    Sherree

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    I’m so glad I have my little genset and that portable a/c I picked us last month. Temp here s 104, with heat index of 112.

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    This is the ERCOT website showing the actual prices per megawatt hour they are paying.Pretty high prices.
    http://www.ercot.com/content/cdr/html/real_time_spp

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    Where is all solar and wind energy the dems shout about?
    A socialist will trample over one hundred poor people just for the chance to throw a rock at a rich man.

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    My solar panels are doing all they can to have extra to sell back, maybe if the rebates were better and buy back higher more would add solar, I have 168 panels and 2 wind turbines. I am grid attached because I don't have batteries yet. I pay 18 cents a watt from the electric co op and sell back at 2 cents.
    Power companies should be doing all they could do to entice people to add solar and wind to allow them to purchase excess power generated. No way they can generate 1 watt for 2 cents

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    Drove past the Altamont wind turbines yesterday. Some of them have been unrepaired for some time now, should look into that. Maybe subsidies died off and they aren’t worth repairing now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by etdeb View Post
    My solar panels are doing all they can to have extra to sell back, maybe if the rebates were better and buy back higher more would add solar, I have 168 panels and 2 wind turbines. I am grid attached because I don't have batteries yet. I pay 18 cents a watt from the electric co op and sell back at 2 cents.
    Power companies should be doing all they could do to entice people to add solar and wind to allow them to purchase excess power generated. No way they can generate 1 watt for 2 cents
    Used to be in CaCaLand we had net metering, you were only charged for your net use, you sold back at the same rate you bought. Not sure that still works.
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    etdeb,
    you got to fix your units of measure to make it valid! (you don't pay for Watts.)

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    Can't the electric company crank up the output of their wind turbines and solar panels?
    Oh yeah, that's right they can't do that. But they can on fossil fuel generators.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis Olson View Post
    I’m so glad I have my little genset and that portable a/c I picked us last month. Temp here s 104, with heat index of 112.
    101 with 108 in Dallas. AC still on at Marriott, so far so good...
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    44 degrees this morning but it did get up to 75* this afternoon in this hot ole Arizona.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RagingRay View Post
    This is the ERCOT website showing the actual prices per megawatt hour they are paying.Pretty high prices.
    http://www.ercot.com/content/cdr/html/real_time_spp
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    Hell ya, gotta get the bottom line up for bonuses this year. Wasn't a problem until the magic smart meter showed up so they can bill you the entire month for a 1 hour spike in the wholesale cost of electricity. They did this to me when I had a business and when I called to ask about the parameters for the demand charge I could not get a straight answer. My "demand" for electricity on the month in question was far less than the previous month. Did ERCOT or TXU turn the thermostat up at their various offices?
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    We have a heat warning until Saturday. Supposed to reach 110 degrees S of Sacramento, CA
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