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Subject: ERCOT Asks Consumers to Conserve Electricity. Crisis Looms in 2013.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is requesting that consumers conserve electricity from 3-7 p.m. today and the rest of this week. The extreme heat is expected to create tight capacity and high demand across the state.
"The ERCOT region is continuing to experience record high temperatures throughout the state which is causing high electricity usage,” said Kent Saathoff, vice president of system planning and operations. “At this time, Consumers and businesses are asked to reduce their electricity use from 3-7 p.m. as much as they are able. All users are being asked to reduce their electricity use.....
Businesses should minimize the use of electric lighting and electricity-consuming equipment as much as possible. Large consumers of electricity should consider shutting down or reducing non-essential production processes.
Emergency Procedures Background
The emergency procedures are a progressive series of steps that allow ERCOT to bring on power from other grids if available, beginning with a Power Watch (Energy Emergency Alert Level 1).
If the situation does not improve, ERCOT escalates to a Power Warning (Energy Emergency Alert Level 2), allowing operators to drop large commercial/industrial load resources under contract to be interrupted during an emergency.
If the capacity shortage is not relieved by the contract demand response, ERCOT escalates to a Power Emergency (Energy Emergency Alert Level 3) and will instruct utilities (like Bandera Electric Cooperative) to reduce demand on the grid by conducting temporary outages at the local distribution level. These controlled temporary interruptions of electrical service – or rotating outages – typicallylast 15-45 minutes before being rotated to a different neighborhood.
During 2012, ERCOT saw new records set for peak demand in May, June and July.