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      Texans asked to conserve electricity amid plummeting temperatures

      via MGN Online

      The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which manages the flow of electricity through most of Texas, is requesting Texans to reduce their electricity use.

      ERCOT adds there has been an increased risk of rotating power outages in our area until 9 p.m. today and 6 a.m. through 9 a.m. on Friday.

      ERCOT may need to instruct Rio Grande Valley electricity transmission and distribution services to begin the rotating power outages if the power grid is overloaded.

      Currently, the valley region is the only area in the state that may have the rotating blackouts.

      ERCOT asks Texans to reduce their use of electricity from 5 p.m. today through 12 p.m. on Friday due to the extreme cold and limited generation throughout Texas.

      "With the cold weather that began last night, we already saw electric demand close to our winter record this morning," EROT director said in a press release.

      ERCOT is providing the following tips on how electricity consumers can conserve energy:

      • Keep your thermostat as low as comfortable, preferably no higher than 68 degrees.
      • Turn off and unplug non-essential lights and appliances.
      • Avoid running large appliances such as washers, dryers, and electric ovens during peak energy demand hours, which run from 6 a.m. through 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
      • Close shades and blinds at night to reduce the amount of heat lost through windows.