Extreme heat in June offers a test and a warning for the Texas grid

6/7/2022 1:24:00 AM

The heat will drive Texas energy use to new highs and test the resilience of the state’s electric grid ahead of what’s expected to be a scorching summer.

The heat this week will likely drive energy use to new highs and test the resilience of the state’s electric grid ahead of what’s expected to be a scorching summer. | MoseBuchele

The heat will drive Texas energy use to new highs and test the resilience of the state’s electric grid ahead of what’s expected to be a scorching summer.

/ KUT Air conditioning units line the roof of an apartment complex in Austin.approved a new state broadband office, charged with developing a plan to guide future efforts.Alo's blast in the top of the first was her 30th homer of the season.Oil well pump jacks are scattered about the sparse landscape in Loving County.

The heat this week in Texas is expected drive up energy use and test the resilience of the state’s electric grid.The weather forecasted for much of Texas this week would be considered extreme in the month of August … but it’s still spring.“I would consider March 2020 the turning point when certainly we had a lot more momentum,” said Jennifer Harris, who serves on Gov.The heat will likely drive energy use to new highs and test the resilience of the state’s electric grid ahead of what’s expected to be a scorching summer.Alo then singled to knock in Coleman and chase Dolcini.Current forecasts have Dallas and Houston in the 90s every day this week and nearing triple digits on some days.“Night and day between February 2020 and March of 2020.Austin is expected to hit triple digits every day and reach a possible high of 104 degrees on Friday.26 million Texans reside within this half mile “threat radius,” according to the by EarthWorks and the FracTracker Alliance.

San Antonio is expected to be hotter even than Austin.But advocates worry one-time investments -- without an eye toward sustainability -- could mean the gap will eventually widen again as new infrastructure becomes outdated.Advertisement.“Seeing these kind of temperatures this early in the season..Home-grown solutions pilot project to quickly boost school internet signals into nearby homes has become Dallas ISD’s long-term bet..is definitely a cause for concern,” said Victor Murphy, a program manager with the National Weather Service.DISD has 10 cell towers on campuses throughout the district including at South Oak Cliff, Roosevelt, Lincoln, Pinkston and Spruce high schools.”This is the only way to reduce health impacts for extraction communities, and to slow down the worst climate effects of fracking.

“I don't think we'll see a summer like we had in 2011 (Texas’ hottest summer on record).But we could still have a very warm summer.Related: Dallas ISD plans to build cell towers, pay for internet to help students But in some areas, even that signal is too weak, so the district is buying additional technology to help students pick up the internet service better.” Texas is expected to be hottest on Friday, when the average temperatures of the state’s four largest cities will be 101 degrees.But the state’s grid operator expects record-breaking energy use as early as Tuesday.DISD plans to expand the project sometime this year, said Solomon Israel, a wireless and transformation consultant working with the district.If Texas' biggest cities"all are going to be pushing 100 degrees at the same time, it's really an indication of when the grid is going to be peaking,” said Joshua Rhodes, a research associate at the Webber Energy Group at UT Austin,"because the majority of peak demand in the summertime is driven by air conditioning.Here’s the county-by-county breakdown of how many North Texans live near active gas wells,.

” High energy demand is one half of an equation that has, in the past, led to blackouts on the state’s electric grid.For instance, Dallas officials helped families apply for free home internet plans through AT&T and Charter Spectrum, giving them access through June 2023.The other half of that equation is insufficient energy supply.Currently, the state’s grid manager, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, expects there to be enough energy supply to meet record-breaking demand.“In a number of cases, we actually see non-coverage, so we actually get rejections from the carriers,” he said, “which means they don’t have a technical ability to service and provide broadband.ERCOT also has ways of reducing demand short of enacting a planned blackout if necessary.But the fact that such heat is coming so early in the year has raised questions about whether the grid is prepared for months of blistering weather.(Brandon Wade / Special Contributor) About 1,400 families are signed up through the program currently, Israel added.

“This will be the test to see how the rest of the summer goes,” Rhodes said."The Texas grid is built for the summer.That method was popular in the early days of the pandemic as a quick option, but it was unreliable and dependent on the existing service in the area to receive a connection...Now, those hotspots will be distributed by campuses, similar to how students check out a library book.although we have seen some issues lately with a lot of forced outages at power plants.

” Rhodes said if the state grid manages this week's heat without incident, that could mean it is ready to handle similar heat waves in the months to come.“If you don’t have service, those hotspots are nothing more than just paperweights,” Conte said.On the other hand, scorching weather this early in the year could signal even hotter days ahead.“What makes me scared is what does that mean for August?” said Doug Lewin, CEO of the consulting firm Stoic Energy.That’s why lawmakers invested in a more sweeping office and plan, which is less reliant on spot fixes community-by-community and more forward thinking on solutions for the entire state.“If we’re [consuming] 77 gigawatts when we're right about at 100 degrees in Dallas, Houston.What does that mean if Dallas and Houston are 105, 106, 107 degrees?” He said ERCOT needs to be planning for climate change.The office must publish that document by mid-June and then get to work on an even more intensive five-year plan, required by the federal government in order to access billions in new money.

"They cannot continue to use the past as a predictor," Lewin said.If you found this reporting valuable, please consider to support it.Maps that detail where internet access is lacking, address by address, will determine how much money is awarded to states.Your gift pays for everything you find on KUT.org.“Texas will probably receive the largest portion from all the other states,” Conte said.Thanks for donating today.

Tags.” Ector County schools Superintendent Scott Muri sits on the board that oversees Conte’s office.

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