ERCOT asks consumers to limit electric use

Cold weather prompts request for limited usage

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas is asking consumers to limit their electricity usage on Monday morning.

In a statement, ERCOT sighted the cold weather as the reason for the request.

"The cold weather and accompanying wind that has spread across the region today (Sunday) is expected to result in high electric demand for tomorrow's peak," said Dan Woodfin, ERCOT director of System Operations. "Based on the level of generation supplies that we expect to be available, we are asking consumers throughout the ERCOT region to reduce their electricity use as much as possible Monday morning."

In order to ensure the system is able to continue functioning properly, ERCOT recommends consumers keep their thermostat as low as comfortable, ideally no higher than 68 degrees. Other suggestions include turning off and unplugging non-essential lights and appliances, avoid running large appliances and closing shades and blinds.

Large electricity consumers are encouraged to consider shutting down non-essential production.

"We have asked all available generation units to be prepared for tomorrow morning's demand, but we believe conservation by consumers also will be necessary to help maintain overall reliability during this extreme winter weather," said Woodfin.

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