The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, grid operator for about 85 percent of the state, extended its electricity conservation alert issued Sunday to 9 a.m. Tuesday as winter conditions continue throughout the state.
Cold temperatures and windy conditions have resulted in a high demand of electricity. With the weather expecting to last until Tuesday, electricity generation supplies remain limited, according to ERCON.
“With the continued cold weather, we expect conditions to remain tight, especially during the early evening tonight and early morning hours tomorrow,” said Dan Woodfin, ERCON director of system operations.
The organization issued a conservation alert Sunday to limit electric use Monday morning. When peak demand reached 54,549 megawatts Monday, all available generation was used to ensure reliability of the electric grid.
Tips for conserving energy include:
- Keep the 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, especially during peak demand hours of 6-9 a.m. and 4-8 p.m.
- 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 nonessential production processes.
- Businesses should minimize the use of electric lighting and electricity-consuming equipment.