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ERCOT Urges All Texans to Conserve Electricity Through Noon Friday

By: KHOU.com Staff Email
By: KHOU.com Staff Email

AUSTIN – The latest blast of winter weather in Texas has ERCOT urging residents statewide to reduce electricity use from 5 p.m. Thursday through noon on Friday.

"With the cold weather that began last night, we already saw electric demand close to our winter record this morning," said Dan Woodfin, ERCOT director of System Operations. "We are expecting cold weather to continue through tomorrow morning’s high demand period, and some generation capacity has become unavailable due to limitations to natural gas supplies."

Consumers can help ensure the system is able to continue serving current power needs by taking the following steps to reduce demand on the system tonight and tomorrow morning:

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.

Large consumers of electricity should consider shutting down or reducing non-essential production processes.

Businesses should minimize the use of electric lighting and electricity-consuming equipment as much as possible.

"This is a precautionary measure to help ensure we can maintain overall reliability through this high-demand period," said Woodfin.
ERCOT peak demand this morning exceeded 57,000 megawatts, and could reach or break its 57,277 MW record before the current winter weather leaves the region.


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