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Summer 2020 – Eyes on ERCOT

John Brewer

U.S. DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 ~ 2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern Time


Unlike many other regions of the country, electricity demand growth in Texas is continuing and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) expects to set another record for peak demand this summer. Although ERCOT’s anticipated summer reserve margin has risen from last year, the region remains well below the current minimum target of 13.75%. What are the implications? Will electricity supply be sufficient to meet demand during the summer peak? Will prices spike on hot days when the wind doesn’t blow?

A recent report titled “2020 Summer Resource Adequacy in the ERCOT Region” by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) shows that under certain scenarios ERCOT grid operators may need to use extraordinary measures, including potential brownouts and load shedding, to ensure the operation of the Texas power system this summer.  The report analyzed four scenarios to assess the potential for resource adequacy and reliability concerns.

Join us as John Brewer, one of the report authors, discusses the report and addresses the following:

  • How did ERCOT get to the low reserve margin and when will it achieve the 13.75% minimum?
  • How likely is that emergency measures will be needed this summer, especially due to hotter or more extreme weather, higher than normal plant outages, or lower than expected wind output?
  • What actions, such as Energy Emergency Alerts, will ERCOT take this summer during periods where electricity load exceeds resource capacity?

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There is no charge for members of the American Coal Council, but pre-registration is required.

Non-members may register for a fee of $50.


The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) is a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory. NETL’s mission is to discover, integrate, and mature technology solutions to enhance the nation’s energy foundation and protect the environment. NETL is the only national lab dedicated to fossil energy research and development. See

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