Houston News : ERCOT’s request for power conservation is over


Officials from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) announced that the state’s power grid has moved out of emergency operations, meaning customers no longer need to conserve electricity.

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Until this morning, Texans were asked to conserve electricity to allow others to get back online and have their power restored.

“We’ve moved out of emergency operations as of … 10:35 [a.m.] so that now also removes the conservation request I think at that time,” ERCOT Senior Director of System Operations Dan Woodfin said in an online press conference.

The conservation request was reportedly in place for five days.

“We only request conservation from customers when we really feel like we’re nearing emergency conditions,” ERCOT CEO Bill Magness said. “We put out a conservation request Sunday just because we knew the storm was really coming in Sunday night, Monday, and we discussed the need for conservation at the press conference with the state operations center on Saturday, just trying to get Texans to realize this is real and there really was a need to conserve.”

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ERCOT said on Sunday that Texans should conserve power to prevent demand from overwhelming the energy supply, KPRC reported. CenterPoint Energy, the electricity provider for greater Houston, reports that over 99 percent of its system has been restored.

ERCOT’s previous request did not prevent the grid from failing and leaving more than 4 million Texans without heat, Magness said conservation can help.

“Even though the conservation effort was not able to stop the event that came because we lost so much of the supply side, it can make a difference and it often has made a difference,” Magness said. “It can prevent us from having to go into energy emergencies at all.”

More than two dozen people have died in the Houston area due to weather, the Houston Chronicle’s Alejandro Serrano reports.

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Source : chron.com