ERCOT, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, has cancelled the directive to CenterPoint Energy to perform “rolling outages” today, which has resulted in rolling blackouts across Harris County.
Throughout the day, CenterPoint has been temporarily cutting power for short periods of time to avoid longer-term outages.
The need for the rolling outages was caused by increased power demands due to the cold weather that has gripped the state.
If high demand puts the Texas electric grid at risk again, ERCOT could direct CenterPoint Energy to resume planned rolling outages. As a result, CenterPoint Energy asks customers to take energy conservation measures including:
- Turning down electric furnace/heater thermostats to 68 degrees or lower
- Limiting the use of electric appliances to only those that are needed most and avoid performing non-essential chores such as laundry and running the dishwasher
- Reducing the opening and closing refrigerators, freezers and doors
ERCOT operates the electric grid and manages the deregulated market for 75 percent of Texas.
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