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  • 12/12/2011
    One thousand children in classrooms across the AEP Texas service territory will soon receive backpacks full of books and other educational materials meant to further learning and childhood development thanks to the AEP Foundation, AEP Texas and the Action for Children Foundation (ACF).
  • 11/23/2011
    "The year's largest and most festive holiday season is upon us. In addition to the cheer, sharing and family togetherness, safety should be considered when decorating the house," says John Flowers, AEP Texas Safety Manager. "Electrical safety is especially important during the holiday season due to decorative lights draped through trees and around homes."
  • 9/20/2011
    The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) Board of Directors today endorsed and deemed "critical to reliability" a 345-kilovolt (kV) transmission project proposed by Electric Transmission Texas LLC (ETT) from the Laredo area into the Lower Rio Grande Valley. ETT is a joint venture between subsidiaries of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) and MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company.
  • 9/1/2011
    The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the state grid operator and manager of the wholesale electric market, released today an evaluation of the potential impacts of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Cross State Air Pollution Rule on generation facilities in ERCOT, as requested by the Public Utility Commission in July 2011.
  • 8/29/2011
    The Public Utility Commission (PUC) continues to urge Texans to conserve electricity this week as severe drought conditions and record high temperatures persist throughout the electric grid managed by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). The PUC advises residential and business customers to adjust air conditioning thermostats at least two degrees higher and turn off unnecessary lighting. Customers also are being asked to run dishwashing and laundry appliances either in the morning or after sunset. In the summer, electricity usage peaks between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • 8/26/2011
    This weekend will be one of the hottest on record in some areas of Texas. Electric demand and usage will be extremely high and we need every person to help us conserve electricity between the hours of 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
  • 8/24/2011
    Austin, Aug.24, 2011 -- Consumers and businesses are asked to reduce their electricity use during peak electricity hours from 3 to 7 p.m. today to avert the need for rotating outages.

    The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (ERCOT), system operator for the state's bulk transmission grid, initiated Energy Emergency Alert Level 2 at 3:10 p.m. today due to responsive reserves below 1,750 megawatts (MW).
  • 8/23/2011
    Austin, Aug. 23, 2011 -- The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (ERCOT), system operator for the state's bulk transmission grid, initiated Energy Emergency Alert Level 1 at 3:43 p.m. today because operating reserves dropped below 2,300 megawatts (MW). Capacity is expected to be tight over the peak today, and ERCOT operators are closely monitoring the situation.
  • 8/5/2011
    Austin, Aug.5 2011 -- The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (ERCOT), system operator for the state's bulk transmission grid, and the Public Utility Commission of Texas are reminding businesses and consumers that conservation is needed during peak electricity hours from 3 to 7 p.m. as the record-high summer temperatures continue throughout the state.
  • 8/4/2011
    Austin, Aug. 4, 2011 -- The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (ERCOT), system operator for the state's bulk transmission grid, canceled the level 2 emergency at 6:07 p.m., and interruptible loads are restored. The level 1 emergency will stay in place until the operating reserves return to higher than 2500 megawatts (MW). (NOTE: At 6:50 p.m., ERCOT cancelled the level 1 emergency.)
  • 8/4/2011
    Austin, Aug.4, 2011 -- Consumers and businesses are asked to reduce their electricity use during peak electricity hours from 3 to 7 p.m. today to avert the need for rotating outages.
  • 8/4/2011
    Austin, Aug.4, 2011 -- The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (ERCOT), system operator for the state's bulk transmission grid, initiated Energy Emergency Alert Level 1 at 1:45 p.m. today due to responsive reserves below 2,300 megawatts (MW). Capacity is expected to be very tight over the peak today, and ERCOT operators are closely monitoring the situation.
  • 8/4/2011
    As hot summer weather persists over south and west Texas, AEP Texas has a number of steps consumers may take to conserve energy and help lower electric bills. AEP Texas also recommends that all consumers pay close attention to news reports and/or check the News section of www.AEPTexas.com for the latest weather related energy announcements from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).
  • 8/3/2011
    Austin, Aug.3, 2011 - For the third consecutive day, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (ERCOT), system operator for the state's bulk transmission grid, set a new electricity demand record - 68,294 megawatts (MW) today between 4 and 5 p.m.
  • 8/3/2011
    Austin, Aug.3, 2011 -- The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (ERCOT), system operator for the state's bulk transmission grid, initiated Energy Emergency Alert Level 1 at 2:50 p.m. when responsive reserves dropped below 2,300 megawatts (MW). Capacity is expected to be very tight over the peak today, and ERCOT operators are closely monitoring the situation.
  • 8/3/2011
    Austin, Aug.2, 2011 -- The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (ERCOT), system operator for the state's bulk transmission grid, again set a new electricity demand record with 67,929 megawatts (MW) on Tuesday between 4 and 5 p.m. and is expecting to break the record again Wednesday.
  • 8/2/2011
    Austin, Aug.2, 2011 -- The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (ERCOT), system operator for the state's bulk transmission grid, initiated Energy Emergency Alert Level 1 at 2:40 p.m. when responsive reserves dropped below 2,300 megawatts (MW). Capacity is expected to be tight over the peak today, and ERCOT operators are closely monitoring the situation.
  • 8/1/2011
    Austin, Aug.1, 2011 -- The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (ERCOT), system operator for the state's bulk transmission grid, set a new electricity demand record with 66,867 megawatts (MW) today between 4 and 5 p.m. and is expecting to break the record again this week.
  • 8/1/2011
    Austin, Aug.1, 2011 -- The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (ERCOT), system operator for the state's bulk transmission grid, is asking consumers and businesses to reduce their electricity use during peak electricity hours from 3 to 7 p.m. today and the rest of the week.
  • 7/29/2011
    The AEP Texas Emergency Management Organization is continuing to monitor Tropical Storm Don and plan for its potential impacts within the company's service area in south Texas.
  • 7/28/2011
    As tropical weather approaches the Texas Gulf Coast, electric customers on life support systems are reminded to make arrangements now in case of a prolonged power outage.
  • 7/18/2011
    AUSTIN, TEXAS, July 18, 2011 -As the drought across Texas continues, the potential for new wildfires is increasing. With hundreds of employees and contractors constructing and maintaining electric facilities throughout Texas, AEP Texas and Electric Transmission Texas, LLC (ETT), would like to remind everyone to take appropriate precautions to help prevent wildfires.
  • 7/14/2011
    Austin, TX, July 14, 2011 - The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), system operator for the state's bulk transmission grid, is asking consumers and businesses to reduce their electricity use during peak electricity hours from 3 to 7 p.m. today.
  • 6/30/2011
    AUSTIN, TEXAS, June 30, 2011 - Electric Transmission Texas, LLC (ETT), has executed master agreements with three construction firms for transmission and infrastructure services associated with the Competitive Renewable Energy Zone (CREZ) projects assigned to ETT by the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT). The agreements with Quanta Services Inc, MYR Group Inc. and TIC Holdings Inc. ensure ETT has significant construction resources committed to help complete its CREZ program in west Texas.
  • 6/27/2011
    Electricity demand peaked at 62,762 megawatts (MW) today between 4-5 pm in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) region - lower than the earlier forecast of more than 65,000 MW.
  • 6/27/2011
    ERCOT entered Energy Emergency Alert Level 1 at 3:30 pm when responsive reserves dropped below 2300 MW. Capacity is expected to be tight over the peak today, and ERCOT operators are closely monitoring the situation. We do not anticipate additional steps in the emergency procedures unless we experience more generation outages.
  • 6/27/2011
    Austin, TX, June 27, 2011 -- Consumers and businesses are asked to reduce their electricity use during peak electricity hours from 3 to 7 p.m. today due to record high temperatures and unexpected generation outages.
  • 6/22/2011
    Thunderstorms in the lower Rio Grande Valley at 2 p.m. Wednesday afternoon caused transmission line outages at the Rio Hondo 345kv switching station and a transmission overload in the area. AEP Texas had to temporarily shed 20 megawatts of electric load affecting approximately 5,000 customers in Donna, Weslaco, La Feria and Mercedes, Texas. Service was restored to most of these customers were restored by 2:25 p.m.
  • 4/13/2011
    AEP Texas crews are nearing completion of electric service restoration activities to areas impacted by wildfires in west Texas.   As of 9 a.m. Wednesday, 135 customers remained without power in Jeff Davis County, with most of those customers in the Fort Davis area.  AEP Texas anticipates having restored power on Thursday to all customers who can take electric service. 
  • 4/12/2011
    AEP Texas crews have made significant progress in the restoration of electric service to areas impacted by wildfires in west Texas.   As of 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, 322 customers remained without power in Jeff Davis County with most of those customers in the Fort Davis area.
  • 4/11/2011
    The Forestry Service has alerted AEP Texas to stand ready to de-energize the 138-kV line from Barrilla Junction to Alamito Creek as firefighters continue to battle wildfires near the line. As of 8:25 p.m. Monday evening, the order to de-energize had not been issued; however, if the situation becomes more serious, the order could be issued with little or no additional advance notice.  
     

  • 4/11/2011
    AEP Texas service crews are continuing their efforts to assess the damage and restore electric service as wildfires, which began Saturday afternoon, continue to burn in some parts of west Texas.  
  • 4/7/2011
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized AEP Texas with a 2011 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award for its outstanding contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through the delivery of energy efficiency information and services to its customers.
  • 3/10/2011
    AEP Texas achieved Tree Line USA status recently as a utility provider dedicated to protecting its community’s trees, according to the Arbor Day Foundation.
  • 2/10/2011
    ERCOT News Release - 2:40 p.m. Thursday afternoon -
     
    The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc., grid operator for most of the state, announced today that customers of Abacus Resources Energy are being switched this week to alternate providers due to the company’s default on financial obligations to ERCOT .
  • 2/10/2011
    For the second time this month, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (ERCOT), the grid operator for most of the state, set a new record for winter peak demand with 57,282 megawatts (MW) today between 7 and 8 a.m.  – nearly 1,000 MW higher than the previous record from Feb. 2, and 1,400 MW higher than the 2010 record.

  • 2/10/2011
    ERCOT is monitoring the grid closely this morning as we near the morning peak hours. We are still asking consumers to conserve electricity during 6-9 am. The forecast for peak demand this morning has been increased to nearly 60,000 MW.
  • 2/9/2011
    ERCOT Media Advisory for Valley area - Consumers urged to conserve to reduce necessity for outages
  • 2/8/2011
    Consumers and businesses are encouraged to reduce their electricity use during peak demand hours over the next few days from 6 – 9 a.m. and 4 – 8 p.m. to help reduce the risk of electricity emergencies or the need for rotating outages.
  • 2/3/2011
    The Rio Grande Valley is experiencing record electrical demand today due to extremely cold weather. AEP Texas along with neighboring utilities are asking electric customers to conserve electricity to avoid any power disruption.
  • 2/2/2011
    ERCOT is asking consumers to reduce energy consumption during peak-demand times this evening -- 6-10 pm – and tomorrow morning from 6 – 8 am.

  • 2/2/2011
    Following termination of the rolling controlled outages ordered by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), AEP Texas resumed normal outage restoration activities throughout its service territory early this afternoon.
  • 2/2/2011
    The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has instructed utilities to begin rotating outages to compensate for a generation shortage due to numerous plant trips that occurred because of the extreme weather.
  • 2/1/2011
    As extremely cold temperatures approach, AEP Texas reminds electricity users to keep safety in mind when taking steps to keep warm, especially when using space heaters.
  • 1/31/2011
    AEP Texas is making preparations for the cold winter weather that will impact its service area in south and west Texas this week.
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