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ERCOT has issued an emergency alert as of 3:11 p.m. on 8/15, and is requesting conservation. ERCOT issued the same level of emergency alert at 3:25 p.m. on 8/13. To try to conserve electricity, ERCOT will begin shutting off power to large commercial and industrial businesses who have previous agreements with them. 


At this time, homes and small businesses will not be impacted. However, if shutting off power to large loads is not enough to relieve the strain on the state grid, rotating outages will be implemented.


All consumers are asked to help by conserving electricity, especially between the hours of 3-7 p.m. 

  • Turn up your thermostat 2-3 degrees from 3 to 7 p.m.; set thermostats higher when no one is home.
  • If home, use fans to feel 4-6 degrees cooler.
  • Set pool pumps to run early morning or overnight; shut off from 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Turn off and unplug non-essential lights and appliances.
  • Avoid using large appliances, especially during the hours specified.
  • 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: What Members Can Expect IF Implemented

We will work to update you IF rotating outages are implemented, but please know that the situation can progress very quickly and it is very likely we will not be able to give advanced notice.


During rotating outages, we will be unable to tell members where they are in the rotation or give them any exact times for restoration. Members will normally lose power for 15-30 minutes during rotating outages. Following that, it will come back on until they are up again in the rotation.


If members lose power during a rotating outage, we ask that they turn their AC unit and any other large appliances or motors to the OFF position. Because those items use large amounts of electricity when power comes back on, turning them off helps prevent the system from being overloaded when power is restored. Overloading on the system can cause additional outages, which you may remember has caused problems in restoring power during extreme cold or hot weather in the past.


Following the conservation tips above can help prevent rotating outages. We know that any outage is inconvenient and ask that consumers work with each other to help to prevent outages for the state!


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