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Energy Conservation Watch Continues




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February 9, 2011, 6:43pm
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Snow, ice and below-freezing temperatures remain in Texas, leading the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) to maintain a statewide watch issued to utilities through tomorrow morning. ERCOT is anticipating record demand but expects to have enough generation capacity to meet it. However, the watch notifies utilities that they may have to “shed load,” which could create rolling outages like the ones that occurred on Feb. 4.

ERCOT also advises energy conservation from 4 to 8 p.m. tonight and 6 to 9 a.m. tomorrow morning, stating it is need to reduce the risk of emergency action. Customers can limit energy use by:

Avoiding tasks with high energy use: washing and drying clothes, automated dish washing, etc.

Setting thermostat at 68 degrees while at home, and slightly lower when away.

Turning off lights and appliances when not in use.

Unplugging appliances, electronics and chargers that are not in use, such as coffee pots, toasters, phone chargers, etc. If it’s plugged in, it’s drawing at least a small amount of energy.

Customers also are advised to use surge protectors to minimize the impact on electronics for any type of outage. To report 24-hour gas and electric emergencies, call 353-HELP (4357).

CPS Energy is the nation’s largest municipally owned natural gas and electric utility, providing service to approximately 707,000 electric customers and 322,000 natural gas customers in and around the City of San Antonio. The utility ranks among the nation’s lowest-cost energy providers while ranking number 1 in wind-energy capacity among municipally owned utilities.
 

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4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
February 15, 2011 1:15pm
 
That's probably the way I would have responded "new guy" if I realized how stupid and lame my arguments and complaints were....really a whimpy, wussie response...but, just about as I expected!

 
New Guy  
Wilson County  
February 15, 2011 10:42am
 
Yep, little old lady who is off her meds.

 
4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
February 15, 2011 9:02am
 
"new guy", does that mean that your 'operation' was successful? Before you were a 'new guy' were you an 'old gal'? And, just because you know ONE, read that as 1 (One) guy that had an outage for 4 hours ... More ›

 
New Guy  
Wilson County  
February 15, 2011 7:48am
 
Sam, she's (4GT) not worth the time to comment on. Just a little old lady who does not know what she is talking about. My friend at work lost his power for 4 hours, as did his whole appartment complex.

 
4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
February 14, 2011 9:31am
 
"Sam Eagle", I know that to maintain equipment and plants for a two week perioD where the temp hardly ever got above freezing is similar to preparing your roof to be hit by a meteor....The cold blast was an anomaly ... More ›

 
Sam Eagle  
Muppet Land  
February 14, 2011 8:58am
 
4GT, it's not drivel. Nor is it a waste of time. This country is full of people like you who scritch and moan every time the tax man comes for your pittance. But yet you don't do a darn thing to affect real change. All you ... More ›

 
4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
February 13, 2011 10:07am
 
Give it a rest "Sam Eagle"...the interruption was so minor and unintrusive that hardly anyone noticed. And, how many times in your lifetime have we had as much cold weather for a sustained period of time?.....like ... More ›

 
Sam Eagle  
Muppet Land  
February 10, 2011 2:05pm
 
ERCOT really needs to spend its energy making sure electrical service providers maintain their equipment properly. If they did, the companies wouldn't have to worry about overloads. But too often, they don't do enough to inform ... More ›

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