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The forecast calls for 100-degree temperatures this weekend in West Texas and on Thursday, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) made a point to hold a press conference and say they expect the lights and AC to stay on during the hot weather.

ERCOT Interim President Brad Jones said they have developed a plan called the "Roadmap to Improving Grid Reliability".

He said ERCOT’s focus on completing the roadmap was operating in a more reliable manner than ever before, bringing more generations across the peak to be able to meet all needs of Texans to keep the grid reliable, buying more services than they have in the past, releasing them quicker to the market and calling on conservation when necessary.

 

He said ERCOT has completed 22 out of the 66 initiatives so far.

Jones said ERCOT will be able to handle the high temperatures.

“We expect to have an efficient amount of generation to serve all Texans,” Jones said.

I am sure we all feel better now that we have had assurances from ERCOT's "interim" president, don't we? Do we really trust ERCOT after what happened when they shut off all our power back in February? Will they ask us to not cook and wash our clothes again like they did last month?

We have had many summers here in West Texas hotter than what we currently are experiencing and ERCOT did not have news conferences to talk about the reliability of the grid. So, having this news conference seems strange to me.

Are you confident that ERCOT will keep the lights on all summer here in San Angelo? We would love to hear your thoughts and your opinion. Let us know on Facebook or chat with us on our station app.

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