Houston to get Hot and Dark (Rolling Blackouts Across Texas)
UPDATE: ERCOT has cancelled their energy crisis alert, as of 6:30pm. HOWEVER, this does not mean that future days will not result in more energy issues. Please keep advised, set your thermostat higher, and keep your power usage to a low level, to avoid future rolling blackouts.
It’s about to get very hot, and dark, for some Houstonians, according to click2houston.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. – which is in charge of Texas’ electrical grid – declared a state of emergency and ordered rolling blackouts beginning Monday. Although the crisis is not expected to last beyond this evening, it is possible that future days will hold similar events.
Read on for more information and how you can help…
Currently, blackouts are limited to the ERCOT grid, which serves only 80% of Texas. Unfortunately, CenterPoint Energy (and those smaller companies in the Houston area using CenterPoint’s lines – including TXU, and others) is included in the ERCOT grid. CenterPoint Energy began rolling blackouts every 15 minutes for the Houston area, just after 4pm, Monday.
“ERCOT requested that 1,000 megawatts of load be dropped throughout the state of Texas, so CenterPoint Energy represents 26 percent of that load. So, we started periodically dropping customers in 15-minute intervals on a rotating basis in our service area,” CenterPoint spokeswoman Emily Mir Thompson said.
ERCOT is urging customers around the state to slack off on their energy uses for the next month. Ways you can help (according to ERCOT) include:
Setting your thermostat at 78 degrees (or higher)
Not using electric lighting
Not using electric appliances
Not using electric equipment (including computers)
All of the above, unless absolutely neccesary for health and safety.
According to 11 News KHOU’s 6:00pm newscast, blackouts could last as long as 50 minutes in some places.