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How to check the status of the Texas power grid

Austin (KXAN) — The Texas Power Reliability Council provides real-time grid status updates online.

As of 11:00 am on Friday, there is sufficient supply to meet demand, with an operational reserve of approximately 6,854 MW. At 10:00 am, the actual hourly average was approximately 338 MW less than the system-wide demand forecast.

We also added a new tool in mid-December, Updated Fuel Mix dashboard Displays generations for each resource type.

People can explore ERCOT Grid and market tools online.

Operating reserve and grid conditions

this dashboard You can see the operating reserve. According to ERCOT, the grid condition meter shows the current state of the grid and the amount of power reserve at that time. The meters are color coded to indicate if the grid is under load and if protection is requested by the public. According to the ERCOT website, the different stages are:

  • green: The grid is up and running under normal conditions.
  • yellow: Energy saving is required.
  • Orange (Energy Emergency Level 1): Emergency operations have been initiated due to low power reserves, but there are no controlled outages at this time. Energy saving is required.
  • Red (Energy Emergency Level 2): Due to continued power shortages, the emergency level has been raised. Energy saving is required. It’s a good idea to create a plan in case you need a controlled outage later. People with critical medical needs should register with their local utility and have a backup plan.
  • Black (Energy Emergency Level 3): Emergency operations at the highest level. Local power companies have been instructed to initiate controlled blackouts. Health and safety must be a priority using city or county directives and resources. Saving energy is important.

supply and demand

this dashboard View the current power supply and demand of your power grid in real time. The graph also shows the projected power supply and demand from hourly forecasts.

According to ERCOT, the graph shows three different data sets.

  • Committed capacity (solid purple line): According to ERCOT’s website, this represents past committed capacity or the amount of power that was available from online generation units.
  • Demand (turquoise line): It shows past system demand or power usage. A blue-green dotted line is used to represent expected future demand.
  • Quick start capacity (purple shaded area): This shows the capacity we can provide by spawning units that come online within 10 minutes of receiving notification from ERCOT.

There is also a dashboard showing system-wide demand, which also updates in real time. It also forecasts future demand and supply. ERCOT shows the current forecast (solid purple line), the actual hourly average (turquoise line), and the forecast for the next day (dotted purple line).

fuel mixture

of fuel mixture The dashboard shows the sources feeding the Texas power grid in real time. Texas uses a combination of natural gas, solar, wind, hydro, coal, lignite, nuclear, and stored electricity to power the grid. Expressed both as a percentage and in megawatts. According to his website for ERCOT, “At peak demand, 1 MW of power can power about 200 Texas homes.”

ERCOT also provides the following information: real-time location price, Combination of wind and solar generation, Ancillary service, DC tie flow, Whole system price and weather forecast for the state.

Grid Manager has updated and improved the publicly available data tools. The winter storms of 2021 left millions without electricity.

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