Texas power supplier declares emergency due to heat wave

Texas power supplier has appealed to reduce power usage during peak hours


The state of Texas in the United States has declared an energy conservation emergency as the temperatures across most of the state approached or exceeded 100 degrees. The emergency was declared by the operator of the electric grid that provides in most of the region. The Energy Reliability Council of Texas appealed to all of the consumers in the state of electric power to limit their usage during the peak hours between 3 and 7 pm after the reserve capacity fell below 2,300 megawatts.

The ERCOT (Energy Reliability Council of Texas) president and CEO Bill Magness said, β€œHigh temperatures have resulted in record electricity demand over the last few days and may result in a new record today. Consumers can help lower energy consumption by taking some simple actions between the hours of 3 and 7 p.m.” However, no rotating power outages have been reported so far.

ERCOT has suggested that setting thermostats 2 to 3 degrees higher could help reduce power consumption. The power provider has also suggested to set pool pumps shut off from 4 to 6 pm and unplug unessential lights and appliances. It has also suggested to avoid using any large appliances like ovens and washing machines during the peak hours.

A megawatt provides enough electricity to about 200 homes running air conditioners during hot weather.

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