North Texas is facing the issue of rolling power blackouts. With the record cold, there was too much demand for electricity. Hence, Texas’ electrical grid operator ordered power blackouts. On Monday, starting from 1:30 AM, these blackouts were requested by The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). This day is when Texas hit the highest emergency alert level.
These blackouts intend power cut-offs at select neighborhoods for 15 to 45 minutes at a time. Although, some Fox4 viewers are reporting longer outage durations as well. The power outage is not only for residences but also for other infrastructures.
The natural gas supply to power plants is limited, and few wind turbines are frozen as well. This situation makes it even more difficult for Texas to cope with the power used across the state. Sunday night broke a three-year-old energy demand record this winter Sunday night.
The temperatures might hover around single digits throughout the morning, and the demand will remain explosive. ERCOT is urging the residents of Texas to limit their usage as much as possible. Some things to do are setting the thermostat to 68 degrees, eliminating heavy appliances, using little lights, etc. can be done to limit power usage.
In case of a power outage, conserving heat is a challenge. Closing the blinds and curtains, stuffing towels in cracks under doors and windows, closing unnecessary rooms, etc., can help keep the house’s heat in place.