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Freezing rain, sleet and snow are all possible as a winter storm moves through the Houston region.
Track power outages: Electric Reliability Council of Texas declares statewide power generation as extreme winter conditions progress
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Published: February 14, 2021, 8:10 pmUpdated: February 15, 2021, 6:56 amTags: , , , , Sign up for our NewslettersAd, Senior Digital Editor
Published: February 14, 2021, 8:10 pmUpdated: February 15, 2021, 6:56 amTags: , , , , High voltage power lines ((Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)
HOUSTON – Freezing rain, sleet and snow have been seen across the Houston area as a winter storm moves through the Houston region.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has declared an EEA level 3, meaning energy conservation is critical during this time since electric demand is high and suppliers can’t keep up. Rotating outages are underway to reduce demand on the electric system, ERCOT said on Twitter Monday.
has declared an EEA 3. Energy conservation is critical. Rotating outages are underway to reduce demand on the electric system. We urge Texans to put safety first during this time. Traffic lights and other infrastructure may be temporarily without power. 01:25:40 150221
— ERCOT (@ERCOT_ISO)
“We urge Texans to put safety first during this time. Traffic lights and other infrastructure may be temporarily without power,” ERCOT said.
ERCOT entered emergency conditions and initiated rotating outages at 1:25 a.m. Monday. About 10,500 MW of customer load was shed at the highest point, ERCOT said. The council said this is enough power to serve approximately two million homes.
Extreme weather conditions caused many generating units across fuel types to trip offline and become unavailable, ERCOT said. There is now over 30,000 MW of generation forced off the system.
“Every grid operator and every electric company is fighting to restore power right now,” said ERCOT President and CEO Bill Magness.
Rotating outages will likely last throughout the morning and could be initiated until this weather emergency ends.
CenterPoint released the following statement:
“The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which is responsible for scheduling power and ensuring the reliability of the electrical network in Texas, has declared a statewide power generation shortfall emergency. As a result, immediately following ERCOT’s directive to curtail delivery of power to customers, CenterPoint Energy started controlled outages in its service territory. CenterPoint Energy is complying with ERCOT’s directive to reduce load at this time. Due to the level of that requirement, customers may experience outages that are longer than previously anticipated. The controlled outages are planned emergency measures designed to avoid more widespread power outages for customers. Like other electric utilities across Texas, CenterPoint Energy is taking offline or curtailing electricity across its service territory in order to achieve the load reduction required by ERCOT. CenterPoint Energy will continue to update customers through local media outlets and its social media channels, (@CNPalerts) and . The company urges consumers and businesses to reduce their electricity use to the lowest level possible. For steps customers can take to reduce their energy use, visit .”
AdCenterPoint Energy released the following statement in regards to power outages (KPRC)
State officials have said as people try to keep their homes warm during some of the coldest weather seen in decades. They’ve asked Texans to conserve electricity during the cold snap.
Here is how you can track power outages across Southeast Texas.
CenterPoint Energy services most of the Houston area and Southeast Texas. to view the company’s outage tracker.Entergy services parts of Southeast Texas north and east of Houston. to view the company’s outage tracker.
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About the Author:
Aaron Barker has been a senior digital editor at KPRC 2 since 2016. As a meteorologist, he specializes in stories about the weather. He has covered Hurricane Harvey, the Astros first World Series win, the Santa Fe High School shooting, the ITC fire and Tropical Storm Imelda.
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