Texas At 'Elevated Risk' Of Energy Emergencies This Summer, Says North American Electric Reliability Corp.

NERC says above average temperatures or less than expected wind output could cause energy challenges this summer.

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- There is a new report out today that's raising some concern about the power grid in Texas this coming summer.

So right now, Texas is at an elevated risk of energy emergencies over the summer. That's according to the North American Electric Reliability Corporation. The group says above average temperatures or less than expected wind output can cause energy challenges over the summer months. The corporation didn't single out Texas last year for any kind of summer power concerns.

Two years ago, it did note that resource challenges in Texas could increase the likelihood of grid emergency procedures. That was during the summer of 2019.

For its part, ERCOT said earlier this month that it is anticipating record-breaking electric demand over the summer, partly because of the growing population here in Texas. But it did say that the risk for emergency conditions, they felt, remains low for the summer.

ERCOT has, of course, been under a lot of fire since the winter storms back in February led to those widespread extended power outages that so many suffered through.