ERCOT: Conservation needed during Wednesday's storm

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ERCOT: Conservation needed during Wednesday's storm

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Posted on February 8, 2011 at 5:03 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 8 at 5:15 PM

Electric Reliability Council of Texas officials released a statement Tuesday afternoon asking consumers and businesses to conserve energy during the next few days.

ERCOT forecasts a demand for power of more than 58,000 megawatts on Wednesday morning, which would set a new winter record.

The company is encouraging everyone to reduce electric use during peak hours as another winter storm is forecast to bring ice and snow to North Texas on Wednesday.  The peak hours are currently projected to be between 6-9 a.m. and 4-8 p.m. 

If consumers conserve during those times, ERCOT said that will reduce the risk of rotating power outages like the ones that affected thousands of customers.

ERCOT's CEO Trip Doggett addressed the issue in a written statement:

"Although we have no immediate concerns for the possibility of rotating outages tomorrow morning, ERCOT will be monitoring the grid closely because additional unexpected major losses of generation could force operators and utilities to begin emergency procedures to avoid an uncontrolled statewide blackout."  

Doggett also said ERCOT will "procure additional generation capacity" this week to ensure adequate reserves.

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