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ERCOT: Conserve energy until 7 PM

ERCOT: Conserve energy until 7 PM
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 3:13pm

ERCOT has an unusually high electricity demand or unexpected loss of large generation units. Operating reserves have dropped below our target threshold. ERCOT operators will begin a progressive series of emergency procedures - Energy Emergency Alert (EEA) - to maintain system reliability. See Nodal Operating Guides, Section 4, Energy Emergency Alert (EEA) for more information.


SUMMER EXTREME CONDITIONS: Consumers can help by shutting off unnecessary lights and electrical appliances between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., and delaying laundry and other activities requiring electricity-consuming appliances until later in the evening. Other conservation tips from the Public Utility Commission's "Powerful Advice" include:

Turn off all unnecessary lights, appliances, and electronic equipment.

When at home, close blinds and drapes that get direct sun, set air conditioning thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, and use fans to cool the air.

When away from home, set air conditioning thermostats to 85 degrees and turn all fans off before you leave. Block the sun by closing blinds or drapes on windows that will get direct sun.

Do not use your dishwasher, laundry equipment, hair dryers, coffee makers, or other home appliances during the peak hours of 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Avoid opening refrigerators or freezers more than necessary.

Use microwaves for cooking instead of an electric oven or range.

Set your pool pump to run in the early morning or late evening instead of the afternoon.


Public Utility Commission Consumer Hotline - 1-888-782-8777

Office of Public Utility Counsel Consumer Assistance - 1-877-839-0363

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