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Texas residents are being urged to conserve electricity after six power plants were shut down.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which manages most of the state’s electric grid, wrote Friday that the incident resulted in a power outage of about 2,900 megawatts.
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“At this point, all available generation resources are operational. We’re asking Texans to conserve electricity when they can by setting their thermostats to 78 degrees or higher and avoiding the use of large appliances (like dishwashers, washers and dryers) during peak hours between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. all the while Weekend,” wrote Brad Jones, CEO of ERCOT Interim.
The operator stressed that unseasonably hot weather is driving “record demand” across the Lone Star State.
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A spokesman for ERCOT told The Texas Tribune on Friday that no power outages are expected this weekend, all reserve power to support the grid is operational and that Friday’s outages were unrelated to recent maintenance delays.
Temperatures in the 90s and 100s will impact Texas over the weekend and into the workweek, according to Fox Weather.
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While it’s not uncommon to urge customers to save – especially during exceptional weather conditions – ERCOT was the subject of scrutiny and criticism after a deadly winter storm in February 2021 left some residents without heating for days.
Hundreds of people died in freezing temperatures, and ERCOT leader and Governor Greg Abbott have since given reassurances that the work has made the grid more reliable.