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The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has announced that demand response providers performed better than expected - and in excess of their contracted commitments - during a powerful winter storm that caused outages at several power plants on Jan. 6.

The Advanced Energy Management Alliance (AEMA), an association of providers and supporters of demand response, says that the severity of the storm put ERCOT's grid at risk for significant failure. AEMA notes that hundreds of Texas businesses, schools, local governments and individuals participating in demand response programs provided 496 MW of capacity to the grid within 46 minutes of being called.

The demand response programs, AEMA adds, exceeded expectations by delivering 127% of the power under contract.

"This event shows that demand response is not just a summer resource," comments Rick Counihan, chairman of AEMA. "As a proven year-round resource, demand response will be available to reduce pressure on the grid today and in the future while empowering consumers to make choices about their energy consumption."

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