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ERCOT asking Texas residents to conserve power amid threat of more power outages in state

FILE – This Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021 file photo shows power lines in Houston. The electric power grid manager for most of Texas has issued its first conservation alert of the summer, calling on users to dial back energy consumption to avert an emergency. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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UPDATED 8:48 AM PT – Wednesday, June 16, 2021

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is, once again, warning of power outages.

Tight grid conditions expected due to high number of forced generation outages, grid operator requests energy conservation:

— ERCOT (@ERCOT_ISO) June 14, 2021

According to reports this week, ERCOT said the demand for electricity may exceed the grid’s capacity as temperatures are expected to hit around 100 this week. The council is asking residents to conserve power through the end of the week.

This comes as ERCOT officials confirmed a number of power plants have been forced to go offline while citing equipment failures that required immediate repairs.

“There’s been a lot of wear and tear so far this year. So, it doesn’t surprise me that there’s a lot more maintenance that needs to be done. It is a bit concerning that we still have this many power plants offline as we’re getting this far into the summer.” Joshua Rhodes, University of Texas at Austin

Residents are being asked to keep thermostats at 78 degrees or higher, avoid using large appliances and to simply unplug any devices not in use.

Reliability of grid remains strong during record demand, request to conserve energy during peak hours (3-7 p.m.) continues through Friday:

— ERCOT (@ERCOT_ISO) June 15, 2021

ERCOT has come under increased scrutiny after leaving customers in the dark in February during a freeze that killed around 150 people.

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