Rolling blackouts are “a possibility” throughout the week, as the Electric Reliability Council of Texas could cut off power for 15 to 45 minutes at a time in different areas to avoid full-on blackouts, said CPS Energy spokesman Victor Robledo.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which oversees the high voltage distribution system for about 85 percent of the state, has started to pull in power from neighboring grids and is asking for conservation until 7 p.m. Friday. Thursday about 5,000 megawatts of power plant capacity were offline, more than 7 percent of the state’s total capacity, pushing the state to the verge of rolling blackouts.More mechanical breakdowns occur during prolonged periods of hot weather, according to power plant operators, as units tend to run for longer hours.
Yet if the scorching weather should prompt ERCOT to call for wider rolling blackouts in the coming days, CPS and other utilities connected to the grid would be required to comply — and within 15 minutes, CPS spokeswoman Christine Patmon said.
CPS would not cut power to critical customers, such as hospitals and emergency services handled by the fire and police departments, she said, but residential customers would be affected.
Every degree a person lowers the thermostat below 78 adds an additional 7 to 10 percent to their electric bill as well as additional stress to the power grid.
City and utility had challenged PUC’s decision to build along I-10.
Tuesday likely set a state record for electricity usage, a record that could be broken later this week.
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Texas is in danger of running short of electricity today and is asking residents and businesses to cut their power use from 3 to 7 p.m., the peak hours for demand. “We are expecting the statewide power supplies to be very tight over peak today, primarily due to the forecast for continued temperature extremes which causes higher than normal electricity use, and because of unexpected unit outages,” said Kent Saathoff, vice president of grid operations and system planning for ERCOT, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. Shut off all unnecessary lights, appliances and electronic equipment, such as cable boxes and computers,
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Mayor Julián Castro is expected to arrive in Israel this morning, leading a delegation of San Antonio business, utility and Jewish community leaders on his first trip to the Holy Land.
Turning San Antonio into a renewable energy and sustainable development hub has been on Mayor Julián Castro’s agenda since 2001, and Friday, he and local industry leaders gave the nation a glimpse of how the city is adopting sustainable energy while witnessing a boom in conventional fuel exploration in the nearby Eagle Ford shale.
New federal regulations will force coal-fired power plants in Texas to clamp down on pollution that fouls the air of neighboring states. The Obama administration finalized the rule Thursday in an effort to reduce the amount of unhealthy smog and soot in areas around and downwind of the dirtiest power plants.
The utility last week notified all of the bidders for that project that they have until July 16 to resubmit their proposals — but this time for up to 400 megawatts, in large part because the price of solar continues to drop.
As the drought strains water supplies in historically parched South Texas, the oil and gas boom stepping up in the Eagle Ford region has added a new level of uncertainty.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas canceled its earlier energy emergency alert at 4:55 p.m. but a “watch” remains in effect until reserves reach a comfortable threshold.
Consert, which is relocating to San Antonio, will make 140,000 units of its web-based energy management system available to CPS customers.
CPS Energy President and CEO Doyle Beneby and Federal Reserve Senior Economist Keith Phillips will be among the speakers for the Texas-Asia Energy Forum to be staged Tuesday by the Alamo Asian American Chamber of Commerce. The conference will focus on the Texas economy, global renewable energy sector trends, best practices in Asia, global growth in the oil-and-gas industry and developments in the Eagle Ford shale area.
With the announcement that four clean-energy companies will bring hundreds of jobs and substantial research and educational investments to town, Mayor Julián Castro has hailed the moment as a transformative one for San Antonio.
In elaborate fashion before an overflow audience, CPS Energy CEO Doyle Beneby and Mayor Julián Castro introduced five clean-technology companies that will bring hundreds of jobs, and some headquarters, to San Antonio.
CPS Energy on Monday announced agreements with five companies that will relocate their headquarters to San Antonio or open offices here.
CPS Energy CEO Doyle Beneby is expected to announce Monday the relocation of several clean-energy-related companies to San Antonio, bringing hundreds of good-paying jobs and establishing a firm toehold in the “new energy economy” that Mayor Julián Castro has been pushing since he was first elected.