AEP Texas started controlled power outages throughout its service territory early this morning at the request of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which controls the state power grid.
ERCOT has instructed utilities to begin rotating outages to compensate for a generation shortage due to numerous power plant trips that occurred because of the extreme weather.
This power outages are scheduled to last about 30 to 45 minutes in duration. Customers who have lost power for more than two hours are asked to call AEP Texas Customer Service at 866/223-8508.
It is not known at this time how long the need for rotating outages will last. Person requiring uninterrupted power for medical reasons should make necessary arrangements.
Consumers and businesses are urged to reduce their electricity use to the lowest level possible, including these steps:
* Limit electricity usage to only that consumption which is absolutely necessary. Turn off all unnecessary lights, appliances, and electronic equipment.
* 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.
See more conservation tips at “Powerful Advice,” Public Utility Commission of Texas: