Grid condition improving but conservation still urged - 6:35 am
Winter record expected this morning; consumers asked to reduce energy consumption 6-9 am
Morning peak demand is projected to be more than 56,800 MW. Although immediate concerns for the possibility of rotating outages this morning are reduced, ERCOT will be monitoring the grid closely because additional unexpected major losses of generation could force operators to begin emergency procedures to avoid an uncontrolled statewide blackout.
The grid continues to have about 3,000 MW of generation out of service due to the effects of the extreme cold.
Rotating outages are controlled, temporary interruptions of electrical service initiated by each utility when ERCOT’s reserve power supplies are exhausted. Utilities/ transmission providers determine the location/scheduling of the rotating outages.
Rotating outages are the last step in a progressive series of emergency procedures that ERCOT follows according to market rules. We only call for controlled rotating outages as a final fail-safe measure to avoid an uncontrolled blackout across the state.
See "Powerful Advice," Public Utility Commission of Texas:
The ERCOT Region includes Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi, Abilene and the Rio Grande Valley. It does not include the El Paso area, the Texas Panhandle, Northeast Texas (Longview, Marshall and Texarkana), and Southeast Texas (Beaumont, Port Arthur, and the Woodlands). Region map: http://www.ercot.com/news/mediakit/maps/index.html
For Utility Information
Check your electric bill to identify your utility company or transmission provider.
Investor-Owned Utilities (Transmission & Distribution)
American Electric Power <http://www.aeptexas.com/> 877-373-4858
CenterPoint Energy <http://www.centerpointenergy.com> 800-752-8036
Oncor <http://www.oncorgroup.com/> 888-313-4747
Sharyland Utilities <http://www.su-power.com/> 956-668-9551
Texas-New Mexico Power <http://www.tnpe.com> 888-866-7456
Community-Owned Electric Utilities
Texas Public Power Association, http://www.tppa.com/
ERCOT Market Participants
The Public Utility Commission