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ERCOT issues power use warning; no warnings from Entergy
AUSTIN - ERCOT, the manager of the states electric grid, issued a power use warning Monday morning as most of Texas experienced freezing temperatures.
Entergy hasn't issued any power use warnings and isn't part of ERCOT.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas asked customers to conserve power to avoid outages after some of the state's generators developed issues.
A spokesman for ERCOT told KHOU 11 News that as of 7:45 a.m. no rolling blackouts were in effect.
We have brought on all available electric generation and have deployed all demand response programs that have contracted with ERCOT to reduce electric use in emergency situations, said Dan Woodfin, ERCOT director of System Operations. Conditions appear to be improving at this time, and we do not expect to implement rotating outages this morning."
ERCOT asked Texas residents to help conserve power until the grid is running at restored levels.
The council offered these tips:
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.
Businesses should minimize the use of electric lighting and electricity-consuming equipment as much as possible.
Large consumers of electricity should consider shutting down or reducing non-essential production processes.
Rotating outages primarily affect residential neighborhoods and small businesses and do not typically include critical-need customers such as hospitals and nursing homes.
The outages are typically limited to 10-45 minutes before being rotated to a different neighborhood.