(ERCOT) — Conditions on the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) grid have returned to normal, but conservation is still needed as cold weather continues to cause a high demand for power.
Demand for electricity today reached 55,486 MW in the hour leading up to 8 a.m. today. ERCOT issued an Energy Emergency Alert and implemented demand response programs through some entities, which contract with ERCOT to reduce their electric use when needed.
“Cold weather will continue through tomorrow morning, and we will continue to monitor conditions closely,” said Dan Woodfin, ERCOT director of System Operations. “Consumers are encouraged to use electricity wisely, and a conservation alert remains in effect throughout the ERCOT region.”
For more information about Energy Emergency Alerts, visit: http://www.ercot.com/content/news/presentations/2014/Energy%20Emergency%20Alert%20Communications%20Matrix%202013_4262013.pdf 
Although rotating outages are not anticipated today, ERCOT will continue to monitor conditions closely. Unexpected major losses of generation could force operators to proceed with additional emergency procedures to avoid an uncontrolled statewide blackout.