Rolling blackouts still possible, ERCOT urges power conservation - KYTX CBS 19 Tyler Longview News Weather Sports

Rolling blackouts still possible, ERCOT urges power conservation

Posted: Updated:
TYLER (KYTX) -

Having narrowly avoided rolling blackouts across Texas Monday morning, power companies said the last-ditch measure was still possible going into Tuesday morning.

The problem starts when we wake up, turn up the heat, turn on the coffee maker and take a shower.

Charles hill with Oncor said adding up the millions of people in Texas was almost too much for the statewide power grid to handle.

"Electric demand is electric demand whether it comes from your heater or your air conditioner," Hill said. "So this morning we had that same kind of circumstance of high demand and then some generation issues."

Going into Tuesday, the people who keep the electricity flowing are hoping you'll go easy on them and turn down the heat.

"If you can turn it down just a degree or two, if we all do it, it makes a huge impact," Hill said.

Oncor and ERCOT are asking businesses to turn off some of their lights and the rest of us to un-plug everything we're not using.

They're also asking families to avoid running the dishwasher or doing laundry until after 8pm.

Between that and the 24 hours power companies have had to get more generation capacity online, Hill said the chance of rolling black-outs should be low.

"We still could have issues tonight and then tomorrow morning," Hill said. "Although if we don't have generation problems then we ought to be in good shape."

Click here for more information on the demands being placed on the power grid.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Jacksonville Communications Officer Killed in One Vehicle Crash

    Jacksonville Communications Officer Killed in One Vehicle Crash

    Monday, April 14 2014 11:31 PM EDT2014-04-15 03:31:53 GMT
    SMITH COUNTY (KYTX) -- DPS says a woman is dead after a crash Monday afternoon.  It happened just before 2:00 p.m. at the intersection of Mixon Road and Yarborough Lane in Smith County.  At this pointMore >>
    A Jacksonville Police communications officer has died after a crash Monday afternoon.
    More >>
  • Family remembers Fort Hood shooting victim with Illinois ties

    Family remembers Fort Hood shooting victim with Illinois ties

    Thursday, April 3 2014 10:35 PM EDT2014-04-04 02:35:25 GMT
    EFFINGHAM (WCIA)  -- One of the victims in a deadly shooting in Fort Hood went to school in central Illinois. Family members say 37-year-old Army Sergeant Tim Owens went to Southside Elementary in Effingham.  Owens'More >>
    One of the victims in a deadly shooting in Fort Hood went to school in central Illinois. Family members say 37-year-old Army Sergeant Tim Owens went to Southside Elementary in Effingham.More >>
  • Hallsville Student Finds Used Needle on School's Playground

    Hallsville Student Finds Used Needle on School's Playground

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:43 PM EDT2014-04-19 23:43:25 GMT
    HALLSVILLE (KYTX) - A situation to make any parent worry. Pamela Kelly says her 4 year old son came home from school recently with a hole in his hand. Tyler Kelly goes to Pre-K here, at the Little Cats Learning Center in Hallsville. Kelly says since coming forward with this news,she has received thanks from other parents."They have been extremely thankful. So they can be more proactivand morere on the look out." - Pamela Kelly, Tyler'Mom Thehe school made this statement to CBS 19 via email. T...More >>
    HALLSVILLE (KYTX) - A situation to make any parent worry. Pamela Kelly says her 4 year old son came home from school recently with a hole in his hand. Tyler Kelly goes to Pre-K here, at the Little Cats Learning Center in Hallsville. Kelly says since coming forward with this news,she has received thanks from other parents."They have been extremely thankful. So they can be more proactivand morere on the look out." - Pamela Kelly, Tyler'Mom Thehe school made this statement to CBS 19 via email. T...More >>
Powered by WorldNow

CBS19, MYTX & KCEB
2211 ESE Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone (903) 581-2211
Fax (903) 581-5769

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2004 - 2014, WorldNow and KYTX, Owned and Operated by London Broadcasting Company.
All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.