DALLAS — As the mercury climbed to a new Dallas-Fort Worth record high of 107 degrees, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (ERCOT), system operator for the state’s bulk transmission grid, initiated Energy Emergency Alert Level 2B on Wednesday afternoon indicating the possible a need for rotating outages.
The agency later reduced the alert to Level 1, but urged continued power conservation.
Level 2B is a power warning, which means ERCOT asked large power users — like factories and businesses — to drop their electric use.
Reserves were below 1,750 megawatts on Wednesday afternoon. That could have resulted in rolling blackoutsif the situation had deteriorated.
Capacity was expected to be very tight over the peak on Wednesday, and consumers were urged to conserve, particularly between 3 and 7 p.m. ERCOT asked users turn off any lights or appliances that are not needed.