ERCOT chief warns of tight power supplies

The Texas power grid barely has enough electricity to meet demand this summer, and an unexpected drop in generation or spike in demand could lead to rolling blackouts, the president of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas testified today. Trip Doggett told state lawmakers the electric supply will be tight this summer and warned the agency will likely declare Energy Emergency Alerts asking consumers to cut back on use. It may also implement emergency procedures, including taking industrial users offline. But blackouts would only happen if there was an extraordinary drop in generation or the state experienced record high temperatures.

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