FILE – This Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021 file photo shows power lines in Houston. The electric power grid manager for most of Texas has issued its first conservation alert of the summer, calling on users to dial back energy consumption to avert an emergency. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
UPDATED 8:48 AM PT – Wednesday, June 16, 2021
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is, once again, warning of power outages.
According to reports this week, ERCOT said the demand for electricity may exceed the grid’s capacity as temperatures are expected to hit around 100 this week. The council is asking residents to conserve power through the end of the week.
This comes as ERCOT officials confirmed a number of power plants have been forced to go offline while citing equipment failures that required immediate repairs.
“There’s been a lot of wear and tear so far this year. So, it doesn’t surprise me that there’s a lot more maintenance that needs to be done. It is a bit concerning that we still have this many power plants offline as we’re getting this far into the summer.” Joshua Rhodes, University of Texas at Austin
Residents are being asked to keep thermostats at 78 degrees or higher, avoid using large appliances and to simply unplug any devices not in use.
ERCOT has come under increased scrutiny after leaving customers in the dark in February during a freeze that killed around 150 people.