Winter 2021

  • Retirement of several generation plants in recent years combined with increased growth in Texas has contributed to lower-than-normal operating reserves.
    • A total of 5,500 megawatts of generation was retired in 2017.
  • During winter months market pricing for electricity has the potential to escalated across Texas.
  • Curtailment of natural gas to generating plants also happens in an effort to ensure that residential customers have access to their heat resource.  Natural gas is used to produce a substantial amount of Texas’ power.
  • Conservation will be important this winter, especially during the hours of 6-9 a.m. and 6-9 p.m. on days with extremely cold temperatures.

What is ERCOT, where does GEUS fit in?

  • The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is the electric power grid operator for 85% of the state of Texas.
  • GEUS does own generation locally but we are also members of ERCOT.
    • Having local generation and a diverse power portfolio protects GEUS from high market prices.
    • Being a member of ERCOT allows GEUS to buy and sell electricity to ensure the lowest cost possible for our customers.
  • GEUS is committed to assisting the rest of the state in the case of an emergency.

Why is this important for me to know?

  • As a Community-Owned Public Power Utility, it is always our goal to keep the community informed, engaged and involved.
  • Lower-than-normal reserves combined with increased growth and electrical usage, creates the potential for rotating outages.
  • As always, GEUS is preparing throughout the utility to be ready to serve.

Additional information about ERCOT Grid Conditions can be found here.