ERCOT: Consumers asked to conserve electricity this morning
AUSTIN – The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, grid operator for most of Texas, is asking electric consumers to limit their electric use as much as possible this morning.
“The cold weather and accompanying wind that has spread across the region today is expected to result in high electric demand for (today’s) peak,” said Dan Woodfin, ERCOT director of System Operations. “Based on the level of generation supplies that we expect to be available, we are asking consumers throughout the ERCOT region to reduce their electricity use as much as possible.”
Consumers can help ensure the system is able to continue serving current power needs by taking the following steps to reduce demand:
- 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.
- 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.