Another Day, Another ERCOT Power Warning

Energy regulator still asking for conservation measures through 7pm

Another Day, Another ERCOT Power Warning

For the fourth day Austin Energy and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas are asking people to cut power consumption until 7pm. Today's Stage One warning is better than yesterday's Stage Two warning, but still a bad sign for the power grid. They have issued a reminder about useful ways to conserve power.

Turn off all unnecessary lights, appliances, and electronic equipment.

When at home, close blinds and drapes that get direct sun, set air conditioning thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, and use fans to cool the air.

When away from home, set air conditioning thermostats to 85 degrees and turn all fans off before you leave. Block the sun by closing blinds or drapes on windows that will get direct sun

Do not use your dishwasher, laundry equipment, hair dryers, coffee makers, or other home appliances during the peak hours of 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Avoid opening refrigerators or freezers more than necessary.

Use microwaves for cooking instead of an electric oven or range.

Set your pool pump to run in the early morning or late evening instead of the afternoon.

Quick reminder: The more electricity everyone uses, the more emergency generation capacity goes on-line, and the more power companies can charge the local utilities. As Forrest Wilder at the Texas Observer noted, the last time this kind of demand happened, some power companies ended up making a pretty penny off the scarcity.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Weather
Halloween Storm Update
Halloween Storm Update
Closures everywhere and tornado warnings

Richard Whittaker, Oct. 30, 2015

Thundersleet Brings Late Starts (Updated)
Thundersleet Brings Late Starts (Updated)
Another night of freezing conditions delays primary voting hours

Richard Whittaker, March 3, 2014

More Austin Energy
Council Considering AE Settlement [UPDATE]
Council on AE
Agreement would cut overall utility rates by $42.5 million

Michael King, Aug. 29, 2016

Council Approves AE Settlement
Council Approves AE Settlement
Utility gives up $5.75 million; keeps everything else

Amy Smith, March 1, 2013

More by Richard Whittaker
Bears Rebecca Fonté Joins aGLIFF as Artistic Director
Bears Rebecca Fonté Joins aGLIFF as Artistic Director
Festival rebranding as PRISM for new era

Jan. 14, 2021

Robert Lorenz Takes Aim at <i>The Marksman</i>
Robert Lorenz Takes Aim at The Marksman
Writer/director on why Liam Neeson is the new Clint Eastwood

Jan. 14, 2021

KEYWORDS FOR THIS POST

Weather, Austin Energy, Heat Wave, ERCOT, Energy, Electric Reliability Council of Texas

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle