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News Release

February 10, 2011

Power Watch Continues - Conservation Needed During Morning Hours

ERCOT is monitoring the grid closely this morning as we near the morning peak hours. We are still asking consumers to conserve electricity during 6-9 am. The forecast for peak demand this morning has been increased to nearly 60,000 MW.

At this time, we have additional reserves online as an extra precaution, and we are not anticipating any state-wide rotating outages at this point. However, a significant number of generation outages, such as we experienced last week, could change that outlook, so we appreciate your continued support by reducing your energy consumption where possible.

There is a higher risk of rotating outages in the Rio Grande Valley area this morning due to transmission line limitations.

ERCOT’s peak demand yesterday, Wednesday, was 55,870 MW, during the 7-8 pm hour.

For more information, see Feb. 9 news release here.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) manages the flow of electric power to more than 26 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 710+ generation units. It also performs financial settlement for the competitive wholesale bulk-power market and administers retail switching for nearly 8 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.