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ERCOT again asks Texans to conserve power as energy supply tightens

The state's electric grid operator.
Julia Reihs
The state's electric grid operator is asking Texans to conserve power Wednesday afternoon and evening.

For the second time this week, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas is asking people to conserve electricity — this time between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. Wednesday. The request comes as a record-breaking heatwave continues to drive electric demand in Texas to new highs.

ERCOT, the state's electric grid operator, says the conditions on the Texas power grid Wednesday will be much the same as those that prompted Monday’s conservation request, and that it does not expect grid-wide power outages to result.

“Ways to reduce electricity-use during peak times include turning up your thermostat a degree or two, if comfortable, and postponing running major appliances or pool pumps during the requested time frame,” ERCOT says.

The conservation call is the third one made so far this year. It comes as the state regulators are implementing an overhaul of the Texas energy system in response to the statewide blackout of February 2021.

Mose Buchele focuses on energy and environmental reporting at KUT. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on Twitter @mosebuchele.
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