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ERCOT: New Summer Peak Possible

June 07, 2021

Summer Peaks Possible

ERCOT anticipates there will be sufficient generation to meet the expected demand under normal/expected operating conditions this summer. However, extreme weather, low wind output, and higher-than-normal generation outages may result in Energy Emergency Alerts. ERCOT has adjusted its peak load forecast to 75,200 MW. The new forecast is 1,496 MW less than the previous report and increases the summer 2020 reserve margin to 12.6%, up from 10.6%. The forecast is still higher than ERCOT’s all-time peak demand record of 74,820 MW set on Aug. 12, 2019.

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