The governing body that oversees the electric grid in Texas is asking residents to limit their use of electricity during peak hours.
According to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the soaring heat is causing record demands for electricity.
“High temperatures have resulted in record electricity demand over the last few days and may result in a new record today,” ERCOT President and CEO Bill Magness said Tuesday.
ERCOT says the increased demand is surpassing the electric grid’s ability to supply the necessary power.
“This is an issue of supply and demand. While Oncor’s transmission and distribution infrastructure is prepared to handle the increased load, there may not be enough current supply of generation to meet the current demand for electricity,” Oncor Director of Communications Connie Piloto said. “We are echoing ERCOT’s call for conservation, asking all of our customers to help conserve electricity for the next several hours.”
ERCOT is asking customers to reduce their power usage between 3 and 7 p.m. to help relieve the stress on the electric grid.
ERCOT said residents and businesses can take the following steps to reduce power usage:
n Set thermostats two to three degrees higher between 3 and 7 p.m. and at times when no one is home.
n Use fans to compensate for air conditioner usage.
n Set pool pumps to run early in the morning or overnight. Make sure to shut the pumps off between 4 and 6 p.m.
n Turn off and unplug lights and appliances that are not needed.
n Avoid using large appliances during peak demand hours (3-7 p.m.).
n Businesses should minimize the use of electricity-consuming equipment when possible.
n Large customers of electricity should consider reducing or shutting down nonessential production processes.
Oncor says it will notify customers when the conservation notice is lifted.