The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (ERCOT), system operator for the power grid that serves most of Texas, is asking consumers and businesses to reduce their electricity use.
Consumers can help by taking the following steps, especially during peak demand periods:
The Energy Emergency Alert (EEA) procedures are a progressive series of steps, beginning with a Power Watch (Energy Emergency Alert Level 1), to help maintain system reliability when operating reserves drop below ERCOT’s target threshold.
If the situation does not improve, ERCOT escalates to a Power Warning (Energy Emergency Alert Level 2 and early stages of Energy Emergency Alert Level 3), allowing operators to drop large commercial/industrial load resources under contract to be interrupted during an emergency.
If the capacity shortage is not relieved by these actions and conditions deteriorate, ERCOT escalates to a Power Emergency (advanced stages of an Energy Emergency Alert Level 3) and will instruct utilities to reduce demand on the grid by conducting temporary outages at the local distribution level. These controlled temporary interruptions of electrical service -- or rotating outages -- typically last 15-45 minutes before being rotated to a different neighborhood.
Consumers should contact the utility company/ transmission provider listed on their electric bill for information about power outages at their homes or business, or about rotating outage procedures for their area.
How to Track Electricity Demand
- View daily peak demand forecast and current load at www.ercot.com.
- View daily peak demands by the hour on the Actual Loads of Weather Zones Display.
- Get real-time notices of energy emergency alerts by following ERCOT on Twitter.
- Public Utility Commission Consumer Hotline: 1-888-782-8477
- Office of Public Utility Counsel Consumer Assistance: 1-877-839-0363
See more conservation tips at Public Utility Commission of Texas.