ERCOT extends conservation alert through Tuesday morning

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on March 3, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 3 at 2:42 PM

HOUSTON  -- As late winter weather conditions continue, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), is asking consumers to continue limiting their electric use as much as possible through 9 a.m. Tuesday.

“With the continued cold weather, we expect conditions to remain tight, especially during the early evening tonight, and early morning hours tomorrow,” said ERCOT director of System Operations Dan Woodfin.

On Sunday, ERCOT issued a conservation alert to encourage consumers to limit their electric use Monday morning, when peak demand reached 54,549 megawatts and all available generation was being used to ensure the system remained reliable.

Consumers are asked to help ensure the system is able to continue serving current power needs with the following steps:
Keep your thermostat as low as is comfortable, preferably no higher than 68 degrees.

Turn off and unplug non-essential lights and appliances.

Avoid running large appliances, such as washers, dryers and electric ovens, especially during peak demand hours of 6-9 a.m. and 4-8 p.m.

Close shades and blinds at night to reduce the amount of heat lost through windows.

Large consumers of electricity should consider shutting down or reducing non-essential production processes.

Businesses should minimize the use of electric lighting and electricity-consuming equipment as much as possible.

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