ERCOT seeks bids to prevent another winter storm power failure

ERCOT can't be sued over power grid failures during 2021 winter storm, Texas  Supreme Court rules


Texas doesn’t want to continue to be haunted by the 2021 Winter Storm Uri and what it did to the state.

This week, ERCOT, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas reached out seeking bids from power producers to make sure the kind of power failures experienced two years ago don’t happen again.

ERCOT hopes to increase operating reserves by nearly 3,000 megawatts in case the state is hit with another winter storm that causes the kinds of power outages as it endured during Uri.

In seeking bids, ERCOT also had some specific instructions regarding renewable energy sources.

“Dispatchable resources comprise nuclear, coal, gas, biomass and energy storage,” but not wind and solar, which cannot control output based on ERCOT instructions, it said in an emailed statement.

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