ERCOT asks Valley-area residents to continue limiting electricity use
AUSTIN, TX, Oct. 6 – As warm October temperatures continue, ERCOT asks electric consumers in the Lower Rio Grande Valley area to continue limiting electricity use where possible until 7 p.m. today.
The Valley area continues to experience summer-like temperatures, combined with some unplanned generation outages and very low output from the area’s wind power facilities.
"We appreciate the support we are receiving from Valley-area residents and businesses to help maintain system reliability in the area this week," said Dan Woodfin, ERCOT director of System Operations. "Until more generation resources become available or temperatures cool off, these voluntary actions by consumers can help prevent the need for further action, such as rotating outages, to maintain overall 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.
This conservation request is limited to the Lower Rio Grande Valley. The ERCOT grid is not experiencing any systemwide issues at this time.