Texas’ Sunbaked Grid May Need Microgrids this Summer

The grid operator for most of the state warned this week that the summer is likely to bring record-breaking peak demand for electricity, a situation that can threaten electric reliability and jack up prices.

It’s not unusual for the heavily air-conditioned state to use record amounts of electricity in the summer. But the prediction is surprising for this year because average electric demand is down due to the COVID-19 economic slump.

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