News Release

    October 07, 2016

    Energy conservation still needed in Valley through Friday afternoon

    AUSTIN, TX, Oct. 7 – ERCOT asks electric consumers in the Lower Rio Grande Valley area to continue limiting electricity use where possible until 7 p.m. today.

    Electric demand in the Valley remains high, and some unplanned generation outages continue this morning.

    "We expect to see more wind generation later today, and that will help address some of our reliability concerns," said Dan Woodfin, ERCOT director of System Operations. "Meanwhile, continued 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.

    The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) manages the flow of electric power to 24 million Texas customers -- representing about 90 percent of the state’s electric load. As the independent system operator for the region, ERCOT schedules power on an electric grid that connects more than 46,500 miles of transmission lines and 570+ generation units. It also performs financial settlement for the competitive wholesale bulk-power market and administers retail switching for 7 million premises in competitive choice areas. ERCOT is a membership-based 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation, governed by a board of directors and subject to oversight by the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Texas Legislature. Its members include consumers, cooperatives, generators, power marketers, retail electric providers, investor-owned electric utilities, transmission and distribution providers and municipally owned electric utilities.