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Texas residents urged to save energy after six power plants went offline.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which operates the majority of the state’s power grid, wrote Friday that the incident resulted in the loss of about 2,900 megawatts of electricity.
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“Right now, all available generation resources are working. We’re asking Texans to conserve energy when they can by setting their thermostats to 78 degrees or higher and avoiding the use of large appliances (such as dishwashers, washers and dryers) during peak hours between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on weekends,” wrote Brad Jones, ERCOT’s interim CEO.
The operator pointed out that the unusually warm weather was driving “record demand” in the Lone Star State.
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An ERCOT spokesperson told the Texas Tribune on Friday that it does not expect power outages this weekend, that all reserve power is running to support the grid, and that Friday’s outages n were not related to recent maintenance delays.
According to Fox Weather, temperatures in the 90s and 100s will impact Texas through the weekend and into the work week.
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While it is not uncommon to ask guests to keep – especially in freak weather conditions – ERCOT has come under scrutiny and criticism after a deadly winter storm in February 2021 left some residents without heating for days.
Hundreds of people have died in sub-zero temperatures, and ERCOT executives and Governor Greg Abbott have since assured the work has made the network more reliable.