Oncor: Rolling power outages could last through Tuesday …

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Oncor: Rolling power outages could last through Tuesday …

TYLER, Texas (KLTV) – Rolling outages across Texas are lasting longer than expected, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. Oncor said on …
Oncor: Rolling power outages could last through Tuesday, conservation measures crucial

Oncor: Rolling power outages could last through Tuesday, conservation measures crucial Ercot And Rolling Blackouts By | February 15, 2021 at 12:19 PM CST – Updated February 15 at 9:26 PM

TYLER, Texas (KLTV) – Rolling outages across Texas are lasting longer than expected, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. Oncor said on Monday night that the outages could continue through tomorrow.

In a Monday morning news conference, ERCOT’s Senior Director of Operations said the controlled outages have become longer than normal because of the magnitude of the situation. In an update later in the day, Oncor explained how it is affecting its customers.

ERCOT responsibility map Source: ERCOT Graphic

“The Texas power system is currently facing an unprecedented shortfall of electric generation. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has requested Oncor and utilities across the state to implement controlled power outages to reduce high demand and protect the integrity of the electric grid.

The length of these controlled outages have been significantly extended due to the current emergency grid conditions and severe cold weather. These outages are taking place across the service territory and ERCOT has said they could be required through Tuesday. We are asking all Oncor customers to be prepared to be without power for an extended period of time.”

Oncor also says they are experiencing significant volumes of phone calls asking about power outages and restoration.

“In addition, we are responding to separate outages caused by the record-breaking winter storm that continues to impact our entire service territory. Oncor phone lines and reporting systems are experiencing a record influx of inquiries as a result of these two events, which may prevent customers from getting into contact with one of our agents.

Customers do not need to report their outages at this time. Our crews continue to make repairs from the storm so that when electric generation is available it can be delivered. We urge any customer who is experiencing a life threatening or emergency event to please call 911.”

Oncor officials ask for patience as they work through this situation.

“Oncor recognizes how unsettling rotating outages can be to our customers, especially in the face of this severe winter weather, and we will work hard to minimize the impact of these outages as much as possible,” said Connie Piloto, Oncor Director of Communications. “We ask customers to please continue to conserve what they can. We’ve heard firsthand from many of our customers about the conservation efforts they have made and we greatly appreciate everyone’s continued participation.”

Oncor says customers can help by taking the following conservation steps. Given the prolonged, below-freezing temperatures, conservation measures should be implemented safely and within reason.

· Turn down thermostats to 68-degrees.

· Close shades and blinds to reduce the amount of heat lost through windows.

· Turn off and unplug non-essential lights and appliances.

· Avoid using large appliances (i.e., ovens, washing machines, etc.).

· Businesses should minimize the use of electric lighting and electricity-consuming equipment as much as possible.

· Large consumers of electricity should consider shutting down or reducing non-essential production processes.

Safety, both for customers and crews, is the single most important principle of Oncor. During these rotating outages, customers are encouraged to take safety precautions such as staying off the road as much as possible, checking in on neighbors – especially senior citizens and anyone with a medical condition – and having a safety kit prepared and accessible.

Anyone experiencing a life-threatening emergency should immediately call 911.

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