Below is an update from the Texas Chemical Council:
The winter storm is impacting much of Texas with ice and freezing precipitation expected into Friday. Most of the state is experiencing hazardous conditions. There are localized power outages due to ice loading and accumulations. Outages due to power grid reliability are not an issue at this time.
Peak power demand is expected to reach 74,000 megawatts (MW) on Friday morning, but the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) reports that the state has more than adequate reserve capacity, with a maximum available capacity of roughly 85,000 MW.
Subfreezing temperatures and dangerous wind chills are forecast through Sunday, including for the Texas central coast. TCC continues to coordinate with state agencies and is participating on daily updates with the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and the Texas Energy Reliability Council (TERC).
At this time, the state reports no unmet needs. We continue to monitor the situation and coordinate with State Operations Center (SOC) to respond to any industry and/or infrastructure support needs.
Please continue to take steps to ensure the safety of your facilities and personnel, and stand ready to assist state agencies and local government should any need arise.
We will keep you apprised of any developments and thank you in advance for your willingness to provide assistance in your communities.
If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact TCC Director of Government Affairs Chris Noonan at Noonan@texaschemistry.org or (512) 646-6407.