ERCOT, Oncor urging conservation in peak times


TEXAS (Big 2/Fox 24) – It’s been hot these last few weeks in West Texas. During these times, many rush to cool, air-conditioned areas to beat the heat. With temperatures hitting triple digits and Texans seeking refuge in cool areas, electricity use often goes up across the state as well.

Now, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, ERCOT, as well as Oncor is asking Texans to be mindful of their electricity usage and limit usage during peak times, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

“Oncor is echoing ERCOT’s call for conservation and asking all of our customers to help conserve electricity for the next several hours,” said Connie Piloto, Oncor Director of Communications. “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. We ask that Texans continue to work together to reduce their electric usage so we can help maintain the safety and reliability of our electric grid.”

Here are some tips from Oncor to help limit usage during peak hours:

Customers can help by taking the following ERCOT conservation steps:

  • Set thermostats 2 to 3 degrees higher, from 3 to 7 p.m.; set programmable thermostats to higher temperatures when no one is home.
  • If home, use fans to feel 4 to 6 degrees cooler.
  • Set pool pumps to run early morning or overnight; shut off from 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Turn off and unplug non-essential lights and appliances.
  • Avoid using large appliances (i.e. ovens, washing machines, etc.) especially during peak demand hours.
  • Businesses should minimize the use of electric lighting and electricity-consuming equipment as much as possible.
  • Large customers of electricity should consider shutting down or reducing non-essential production processes. 

Oncor will notify customers once ERCOT has lifted the conservation alert.

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