The Electric Reliability Council of Texas forecasts a peak demand of 61,780 megawatts for the upcoming winter from December through February 2019, according to a Nov. 1 press release. The grid operator expects nearly 80,000 megawatts of resource capacity to be available for peak demand this winter. Since the preliminary winter assessment released in September, two wind farms have come online with winter capacity ratings totaling 72 megawatts. Planned resources are expected to add 253 megawatts this winter. The grid operator’s preliminary report for the upcoming spring – March through May 2019 – forecasts a peak demand of 61,566 megawatts and expects an additional 1,139 megawatts of resource capacity to be available for the spring season.