ERCOT Proclaims Plan to Strengthen Texas Energy Grid – Houston Public Media

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas control room. ERCOT manages the flow of electricity to more than 26 million Texans.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT for short, has published a so-called “Roadmap for Improving Network Reliability”.

The bill comes amid concerns over whether Governor Greg Abbott and lawmakers have done enough during the regular term to improve the nationwide power grid.

The 60-point plan includes more conservation warnings, like the one issued in June, when offline power plants caused almost nationwide blackouts. It is also designed to increase the transmission capacity of South and West Texas while keeping the rest of the network stable. A similar bill was proposed at the last session, but it died in the house.

The ERCOT plan also calls for generators and transmission line owners to submit a signed document twice a year detailing weathering for both summer and winter to prevent another massive outage like the one during the February storm.

ERCOT also says it has already completed 20 of the points and says many of the next steps need to be taken by the Public Utility Commission.

Abbott previously said the state has done everything in its power and regulators now have the tools to improve grid reliability.

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