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As a critical link between two independent grids, ERCOT and the Western Interconnection, Pecos West will provide much needed reliability benefits to the State of Texas.
With growing demand and increasingly frequent extreme weather events, like Winter Storm Uri and the summer 2019 heat wave, the Texas power grid faces challenges in supplying reliable power to consumers. As an independent power grid, ERCOT has limited connections to neighboring grids. Texas’ constrained transmission system provides few options for reliable power during emergencies, costing Texas customers billions of dollars a year. For example, a 1 GW intertie could have saved nearly $1 billion and prevented blackouts to 200,000 Texas homes during the extreme weather events that hit the state in Winter 2021, according to a report from the American Council on Renewable Energy.
By linking geographically and meteorologically diverse grids, Pecos West will enhance and strengthen both systems, offering access to cheaper, more reliable, and secure energy to Texas consumers.