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CONSUMERS ASKED TO CUT DOWN ON POWER CONSUMPTION DURING INTENSE HEAT

  

As temperatures continue to push into the triple digits, the agency that oversees the electric grid in Texas is asking consumers to reduce their power usage when they can.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) warns that, as the demand for power rises during the hottest parts of the year, it has experienced record demand over the last few days.

On Tuesday, ERCOT sent out a level one emergency alert, cautioning consumers to keep an eye on their electricity usage to avoid potential outages.

Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative Public Affairs Manager Will Holford said the cooperative keeps a constant eye on its electric grid, and works closely with ERCOT and the cooperative’s wholesale power providers.

 

 

Holford said the typical peak hours for power demand are 3 to 7 p.m., aligning with some of the hottest parts of the day. He said there are several things consumers can do to cut down on their power usage.

 

 

Holford said the cooperative will send out updates on its social media pages whenever there are energy alerts, outages, or calls for conservation.

Other energy-saving tips available online at www.bluebonnetelectric.coop, and at www.ercot.com.