Valley area consumers asked to continue conservation through today’s peak
AUSTIN, TX, Oct. 5 – ERCOT, the grid operator for most of Texas, is asking electric consumers in the Lower Rio Grande Valley area to continue reducing electric use where possible until
7 p.m. today.
"We continue to have limited generation resources available, and temperatures remain high," said Dan Woodfin, ERCOT director of System Operations. "We appreciate this support from Valley-area residents and businesses to help maintain system reliability in the area."
Consumers can help ensure the system is able to continue serving current power needs by taking the following steps to reduce demand on the system until 7 p.m. today:
- Turn thermostat up 2-3 degrees.
- Set programmable thermostats to higher temperatures when no one is home.
- If home, use fans to feel 4-6 degrees cooler.
- Limit use of large appliances (dishwasher, washer, dryer, etc.) to morning or after 7 p.m.
- If you cook indoors, use a microwave or slow cooker.
- Close blinds and drapes during late afternoon.
"We believe these voluntary actions by consumers can help prevent the need for further action, such as rotating outages, to maintain overall reliability in the Valley," said Woodfin.
This conservation request is limited to the Lower Rio Grande Valley. The ERCOT grid is not experiencing any systemwide issues at this time.