Power Warning - Conservation Critical; Risk of rotating outages

Energy Emergency Alert 2

ERCOT is in Energy Emergency Alert 2, a Power Warning. Operators will begin dropping large commercial/industrial load resources and other consumers that are under contract to be interrupted during an emergency. Local utility companies take steps to secure distribution system load and may begin serving some customers with power from other grids.

CONSERVATION TIPS

Consumers can help by taking the following steps, especially during peak demand periods (6-9 a.m. and 4-8 p.m. during winter and 3-7 p.m. during summer).

During cold weather:
  • Turn down your thermostat to 68° in the daytime and 55° at night or when you're away from home.
  • When at home, open blinds and shades during sunny days to take advantage of the sun's natural heat.
  • Close shades and blinds at night to reduce the amount of heat lost through windows.
During hot weather:
  • Turn up your thermostat 2-3 degrees 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.
  • Set pool pumps to run early morning or overnight; shut off from 4 to 6 p.m.
During any weather:
  • Turn off and unplug non-essential lights and appliances.
  • Avoid using large appliances, especially during peak demand hours (6-9 a.m. and 4-8 p.m. during winter and 3-7 p.m. during summer) or the hours specified in the conservation appeal.
  • Businesses should minimize the use of electric lighting and electricity-consuming equipment as much as possible.
  • Large consumers of electricity should consider shutting down or reducing non-essential production processes.

CONSUMER ASSISTANCE

Public Utility Commission Consumer Hotline -- 1-888-782-8777

Office of Public Utility Counsel Consumer Assistance -- 1-877-839-0363