- Energy Emergency Alert 2
Energy Emergency Alert 2
ERCOT has entered the second level of emergency operations and issued an Energy Emergency Alert 2 (EEA 2) to maintain reliability of the grid as operating reserves are continuing to decline. If you are experiencing an outage at this time, it is local in nature. Please check with your local electric provider for more information.
Safely reducing electric use is critical. Energy-saving tips are available on the TXANS page.
ERCOT has requested all government agencies (including city and county offices) to implement all programs to reduce energy use at their facilities.
What We’re Doing Now
Entering emergency operations does not mean that ERCOT is expecting to call for controlled power outages. It means that ERCOT has access to more power reserves that help prevent power outages.
ERCOT is bringing all available generation online, releasing any remaining reserves, and using demand response to lower electric demand. ERCOT is also working with out-of-state Independent System Operators (ISOs) and Market Participants to obtain additional power generation capacity.
ERCOT does not own, operate, or maintain any of the generation units on the grid, but ERCOT works closely with the Market Participants that own and operate these units.
ERCOT will continue to monitor conditions and deploy all available tools as part of our reliability-first approach to operations.
Critical Medical Needs Reminder
If you have critical medical needs, contact your local electric utility and have a backup plan in case controlled outages are needed.
Electric Grid Description
When reserves on the system get low, ERCOT begins emergency operations using three levels of Energy Emergency Alerts (EEAs). These levels provide access to additional power sources only available during emergency conditions to protect the reliability of the electric system. Entering emergency operations does not mean that ERCOT is expecting to call for controlled power outages, which would affect all customer classes, including residential, commercial, and industrial. Entering emergency operations means that ERCOT has access to more power reserves that help prevent power outages.
An EEA 2 is issued when ERCOT’s operating reserves have dropped below 1,750 MW and are not expected to recover within 30 minutes, or frequency drops below 59.91 Hz for 30 minutes. Controlled outages have not been requested at this time, however, could become necessary if demand isn’t lowered or additional supply cannot be added from generators.
What You Can Do
You can use these energy-saving tips to lower your electric use during this peak demand time, if safe to do so. Simple steps, such as lowering/raising your thermostat a degree or two, turning off extra lights, and not using large appliances, such as washer, dryers and dishwashers, can help.
Subscribe to ERCOT EmergencyAlerts, which are automated notices only sent under emergency conditions.
Sign up for TXANS notifications on the TXANS webpage to receive additional information.
Download our app (available through the Apple Store and Google Play).
Monitor current and extended conditions on our website at ERCOT.com.
Follow ERCOT on Twitter (@ERCOT_ISO), Facebook (Electric Reliability Council of Texas), and LinkedIn (ERCOT).
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