Texas grid operator urges residents to conserve energy as plants go offline

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Texas residents are being asked to conserve energy after six power plants go offline.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which controls most of the state’s electrical grid, wrote Friday that the incident resulted in the loss of about 2,900 megawatts of electricity.

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“Right now, all available generation sources are working. We’re asking Texans to conserve energy when they can by turning their thermostats to 78 degrees or higher and using large appliances (such as dishwashers, washers, and dryers) during peak hours between 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM. hours through the weekend,” wrote ERCOT Interim CEO Brad Jones.

The operator stressed that unusually warm weather is causing “record demand” in the Lone Star State.

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An ERCOT spokesperson told The Texas Tribune on Friday that it does not expect any power outages this weekend, that all reserve power was in operation to support the grid and that Friday’s outage had nothing to do with recent maintenance delays.

According to Fox Weather, temperatures in the 90s and 100s will impact Texas all weekend and into the work week.

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While it’s not uncommon to ask customers to save – especially under abnormal weather conditions – ERCOT has been the subject of reviews and criticism after a deadly winter storm in February 2021 left some residents without heating for days.

Hundreds of people died amid freezing temperatures, and ERCOT leaders and head of government Greg Abbott have since assured the work has made the network more reliable.

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