News Release
January 06, 2014

Energy Emergency Alert canceled -- conservation alert remains in effect

Cold weather, conservation alert continue

AUSTIN, TX, Jan. 6, 2014, 9:50 a.m. – Conditions on the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) grid have returned to normal, but conservation is still needed as cold weather continues to cause a high demand for power.

Demand for electricity today reached 55,486 MW in the hour leading up to 8 a.m. today. ERCOT issued an Energy Emergency Alert and implemented demand response programs through some entities, which contract with ERCOT to reduce their electric use when needed.

"Cold weather will continue through tomorrow morning, and we will continue to monitor conditions closely," said Dan Woodfin, ERCOT director of System Operations. "Consumers are encouraged to use electricity wisely, and a conservation alert remains in effect throughout the ERCOT region."

For more information about Energy Emergency Alerts, view the ERCOT Energy Emergency Alert Communications Matrix.

Although rotating outages are not anticipated today, ERCOT will continue to monitor conditions closely.  Unexpected major losses of generation could force operators to proceed with additional emergency procedures to avoid an uncontrolled statewide blackout.

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 43,000 miles of transmission lines and 550 generation units. ERCOT also performs financial settlement for the competitive wholesale bulk-power market and administers retail switching for 6.7 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. ERCOT's members include consumers, cooperatives, generators, power marketers, retail electric providers, investor-owned electric utilities (transmission and distribution providers), and municipal-owned electric utilities.

Contact
Robbie Searcy (512) 225-7213
rsearcy@ercot.com