RELEASE FROM ERCOT:
UPDATE: ERCOT cancels Power Warning. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas reports a Power Watch is still in effect. The council says conservation of electricity is still needed.
Representatives say the system is recovering and there are no rotating outages at this time.
Conditions on the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) grid have returned to normal, but conservation is still needed as cold weather continues to cause a high demand for power.
Demand for electricity today reached 55,486 MW in the hour leading up to 8 a.m. Monday. ERCOT issued an Energy Emergency Alert and implemented demand response programs through some entities, which contract with ERCOT to reduce their electric use when needed.
"Cold weather will continue through Tuesday morning, and we will continue to monitor conditions closely," said Dan Woodfin, ERCOT director of System Operations.
"Consumers are encouraged to use electricity wisely, and a conservation alert remains in effect throughout the ERCOT region." For more information about Energy Emergency Alerts, visit:
Although rotating outages are not anticipated today, ERCOT will continue to monitor conditions closely. Unexpected major losses of generation could force operators to proceed with additional emergency procedures to avoid an uncontrolled statewide blackout.
Here are some ways to help until operating reserves are restored to target levels.:
· Keep your thermostat as low as is comfortable, preferably no higher than 68 degrees.
· Turn off and unplug non-essential lights and appliances.
· Avoid running large appliances such as washers, dryers and electric ovens during peak energy demand hours (6-9 a.m. and 4-8 p.m.).
· Close shades and blinds at night to reduce the amount of heat lost through windows.
· Businesses should minimize the use of electric lighting and electricity-consuming equipment as much as possible.
· Large consumers of electricity should consider shutting down or reducing non-essential production processes.
See more conservation tips at Power to Save Texas, Public Utility Commission of Texas: http://www.powertosavetexas.org/