Maintenance and forced outages are disclosed in the new reporting, including amount of unavailable capacity, plus cause and duration of outage
We utilized the duration and MW of capacity outage to calculate generator outage data by fuel source
140,220 GWHrs of capacity were offline between July 2021 and the data through July 19th, 2022
Natural gas (55%) and coal (13%) generators represent 68% of all outages over the last 12+ months
About That Fossil Fuel Reliability
We used duration of outages and capacity that was offline to calculate monthly outages by fuel type
Comparing outages by fuel source versus capacity tells a slightly different story, solar appears the least reliable (unclear if forced outages include congestion derates), followed by natural gas, coal, wind then nuclear in order of reliability volatility
ERCOT data on outages paints a different picture than perception. Natural gas unplanned outages appear to be straining the Texas grid the most, however as a percentage of installed capacity, solar may currently be the least reliable.
We'll continue to watch and report on this data.