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Cold temps prompt power outages

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Wilson County News
February 2, 2011, 11:56am
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FLORESVILLE -- With temperatures plunging into the teens due to the Arctic blast that blew into Texas Feb. 1, the Electric Reliability Council Of Texas (ERCOT) has requested some utilities companies to curtail their power usage. This was confirmed by David McMillan, general manager of the Floresville Electric Light & Power System (FELPS), and Leroy Skloss, general manager of the Karnes Electric Cooperative, on Feb. 2.

FELPS had not been asked to reduce its electrical load by 15 to 20 percent, McMillan said. However, Karnes Electric Cooperative and Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative (GVEC) were asked to reduce their loads by creating controlled rolling blackouts, as was CPS Energy, which supplies the greater San Antonio area. The first round of blackouts began Wednesday, Feb. 2, around 6 a.m. Karnes Electric customers were experiencing a second round of blackouts beginning at approximately 10:30 a.m, Skloss said. Customers “could lose power for 20 minutes” at their homes or businesses, according to information posted on Power should be restored after a short time.

“If your power is off for more than an hour, call to be sure you don’t have an individual power outage,” Skloss said.

Although FELPS customers were not immediately affected, McMillan warned customers a rolling blackout in the area “remains a possibility,” due to freezing temperatures predicted to continue through Friday.

Essential customers, such as hospitals, nursing homes, and law-enforcement offices, should not be affected by the outages.

According to ERCOT, without the safety valve provided by controlled blackouts, “... generators would overload and begin shutting down to avoid damage, risking a domino effect of a region-wide outage.”

Contact your local provider to report an extended outage.

FELPS: 830-216-7000

Karnes Electric Cooperative: 830-780-3952 or 830-569-5538

GVEC: La Vernia, 830-253-1600; Gonzales, 830-857-1200; Seguin, 830-379-2114; Schertz, 210-658-7033.

Power conservation tips

•Limit electricity usage to only that 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.

Source: Feb. 2 ERCOT press release

Your Opinions and Comments

Elaine K.  
February 3, 2011 2:52pm
BBB gives tips for dealing with frozen pipes It may be too late, but to prevent your pipes from freezing: - Wrap all exposed pipes located outside or in unheated areas of the home. - Remove garden hoses from outside ... More ›

February 3, 2011 12:45pm
glenn, be about the same if north dakota got a 4 day spell of 110 degree afternoons....they would not be prepared for it, just as south texans do not have the proper gear (insulation, clothes, high output heaters, etc) to deal ... More ›

Ms. S. V.  
February 2, 2011 5:57pm
No, we'll just sit. We do not have tire chains or even the warm overcoats that people who are used to this weather have. So we can warm our toes by the fire and just sit and enjoy the cold weather, but we don't have to ... More ›

Glenn Quagmire  
Quahog, Rhode Island  
February 2, 2011 4:55pm
It's just a little bit of cold weather, people! What would you do if you actually got a blizzard, sit in a corner and cry?

February 2, 2011 4:45pm
According to a Feb. 2 mid-afternoon update from ERCOT -- rotating outages have been discontinued, but conservation is still needed. However, there is a strong possibility that they will be required again this evening or ... More ›

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