TODAY IN ENERGY: Monday, July 2, 2018
Coal plant retirements and high summer electricity demand lower Texas reserve margin
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), grid operator for most of the state of Texas, estimates a reserve margin of 11% for this summerlower than previous years and ERCOT’s 13.75% reference reserve marginindicating a smaller cushion of resources to meet summer peak demand and an increased risk of grid stress conditions. The lower anticipated reserve margin is mainly a result of three large coal plants retiring in early 2018 and forecasts of record-breaking summer electricity demand.
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