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ERCOT provides update on power restoration

By morning, local utilities may be able to go back to rotating outages versus keeping power off of extended periods of time, according to ERCOT.
Credit: ERCOT

TEXAS, USA — The Energy Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) issued an updated Wednesday evening regarding power restoration. According to an ERCOT press release, it is making progress on restoring power to the electric system.

"We are working around the clock to restore power to Texans," ERCOT president and CEO Bill Magness, said. "We made progress today, but it will not be good enough until every person has their power back."

As of Wednesday morning, ERCOT has been able to restore approximately 8,000 MW, which is about 1.6 million households. Wednesday afternoon there was enough generation available to being restoring 1,000 MW every hour, the release said.

"We’re at a point in the restoration where we’re going to keep energizing circuits as fast as we safely can until we run out of available generation," ERCOT Senior Director of System Operations Dan Woodfin, said. "We hope to make significant progress overnight."

As load increases, it is possible, local utilities may be able to go back to rotating outages instead of keeping power off for extended periods of time. 

As of 6 p.m., approximately 43,00 MW of generation has been forced off the system during the extreme weather event. Of that, 26,500 MW is thermal and approximately, 17,000 MW is wind and solar, the release said.