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.