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ERCOT issues electric conservation alert

  • Jun 17, 2021 2:25 pm GMT
Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post

On Monday, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) issued a conservation alert through Friday, asking Texans to reduce electric use.

ERCOT noted a high number of outages (11, 000 MW as of Monday) combined with potential record usage due to high temperatures is driving tight grid conditions.

ERCOT manages the flow of electric power to more than 26 million Texas customers - representing about 90 percent of the state's electric load. As the independent system operator for the region, ERCOT schedules power on an electric grid that connects more than 46, 500 miles of transmission lines and 710-plus generation units.

"As the grid operator for most of Texas, ERCOT works every day to make sure there is enough electricity available for consumer needs," a city of-ficial stated. "Sometimes the demand for electricity may be very close to the amount of generation available, either because consumers are using a lot of electricity, or some power plants are not able to provide enough power."

On those days, ERCOT may issue a conservation alert. In the event of a conservation alert, the city will notify its electric utility customers via social media channels, local newspaper and radio.

Conservation measures that can be taken to reduce the amount of electricity use daily, especially during peak hours of 3-7 p.m, include: · Turning thermostat up twoor-three degrees during the peak hours of 3-7 p.m.;

· Setting programmable thermostats to higher temperatures when no one is home; · Using fans to feel four-to-six degrees cooler; · Limiting use of large appliances (dishwasher, washer, dryer, etc.) to morning or after 7 p.m.;

· If cooking indoors from 3-7 p.m., use a microwave or slow cooker; · Closing blinds and drapes during late afternoon; · Scheduling pool pumps to run in the early morning or overnight hours and shutting them offbetween 4-6 p.m. Additional tips can be found at and

Daily peak demand forecasts, current load and available generation can be viewed at

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