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Texplainer: How is the Texas Grid Managed?

Hey, Texplainer: How do state officials make sure the electricity stays on during the many long, hot days of the Texas summer?

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Hey, Texplainer: How do state officials make sure the electricity stays on during the many long, hot days of the Texas summer?

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which operates Texas' unique power grid, gave the Tribune a behind-the-scenes look at its control center in Taylor to help explain how energy is provided to millions of Texans every day.

Bottom line: Managing the grid is all about long- and short-term predictions — about the state’s growth, its weather, market conditions and exactly when you might turn on your air conditioner.

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