Thursday, February 03, 2011
FROM ERCOT: No longer in emergency situation; Electric demand lower than forecast this morning
February 3, 2011, 12:15 pm -- ERCOT operations has cancelled the emergency procedures that began early Wednesday morning. The peak demand this morning was 55,460 MW (for 9-10 am) which did not surpass the new winter record set Wednesday evening between 7 and 8 pm.
“We are very appreciative of the sacrifices of those who were without power during the rotating outages, and we also appreciate the conservation efforts by consumers during this emergency situation, as well as the load resources in our demand response programs,” said ERCOT CEO Trip Doggett. “We also want to thank the media for their assistance in getting information out to the public about the need to conserve.”
“I also am very proud of the great work by the ERCOT operators in handling what could have been a disastrous situation for the entire state if they had not taken the quick action necessary to preserve the security of the grid,” he said.
“I also want to note the support and assistance we received from the transmission providers and generation owners and the Public Utility Commission,” Doggett said.
“With continued cold temperatures and snow predicted across the state, we ask that everyone continue to conserve their electricity usage until temperatures moderate. “
PRESS BRIEFING THIS AFTERNOON, DETAILS TO FOLLOW
A press briefing is scheduled for 1-2 pm today in Austin. Details about the location and dial-in number will follow in a forthcoming news release.
Additional updates will be distributed to the News Bulletins list and posted on the ERCOT website when we have new information.
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