News Release

    October 10, 2016

    Energy conservation still needed in Lower Rio Grande Valley

    AUSTIN, TX, Oct. 10 – ERCOT, the grid operator for most of Texas, is asking electric consumers in the Lower Rio Grande Valley area to limit or reduce electric use where possible today.

    "Although the milder temperatures are expected to reduce the demand for power today and tomorrow, we continue to experience unplanned generation outages in the area," said Dan Woodfin, ERCOT director of System Operations.

    Summer-like temperatures have continued in the Valley through most of October, and the current outlook does not promise much relief in the coming days.

    "We are working with generation owners to determine the outlook for the remainder of the week, as temperatures currently are expected to climb back into the upper 90s in some locations by Wednesday afternoon," Woodfin said. "At this point, we are requesting conservation today as a precautionary measure, but, depending on available generation, we may need to extend the request."

    Consumers can help ensure the system is able to continue serving current power needs by taking the following steps to limit demand on the system until 7 p.m. today:

    • Turn thermostat up 2-3 degrees, especially from 3 to 7 p.m.
    • 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.