Texans are asked to conserve power this week

Power lines are shown along the North Sam Houston Tollway near State Highway 249 Monday, February 15, 2021 in Houston.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is asking Texans to conserve power as much as possible until Friday, June 18.

This, because according to ERCOT, a significant number of forced generation outages and a potential record of electric use for this month, have resulted in tight grid conditions. 

“We will be conducting a thorough analysis with generation owners to determine why so many units are out of service. This is unusual for this early in the summer season,” said ERCOT vice president of grid planning and operations Woody Rickerson. 

According to generation owners, the number of outages should decrease throughout the week.

The peak demand record for this month is 69,123 MW set on June 27, 2018, between 4 and 5 p.m.

To help reduce your electric use you and your family can take these simple actions:

  • Set your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher – every degree of cooling increases your energy use by six to eight percent.
  • Turn off lights and pool pumps and avoid using large appliances like ovens, washing machines, and dryers.
  • If you don’t need something – we are asking you to turn it off and unplug it if possible.


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