ERCOT Urges Conservation; Some Power Outages Reported

DALLAS (March 3, 2014) The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which operates most of the state’s electric grid, called for conservation Monday as near record low temperatures gripped much of the state.

The freezing weather led to power outages mostly in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Tyler areas.

A handful of outages were reported Monday morning in Central Texas.

ERCOT was asking consumers to limit power use from through Tuesday Monday morning amid concerns over high demand.

“We were able to maintain grid reliability without an energy emergency this morning, and we appreciate this help from consumers,” said Dan Woodfin, ERCOT director of System Operations.

“With the continued cold weather, we expect conditions to remain tight, especially during the early evening tonight and early morning hours tomorrow.”

The National Weather Service issued a wind chill advisory until midmorning Monday for Central and North Texas and temperatures are expected to drop back into the 20s Monday night.