ERCOT power watch issued encouraging energy conservation

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by Stacia Willson / KENS 5

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Posted on July 14, 2011 at 5:24 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 14 at 6:51 PM

 

 

At this time no state-wide or local "emergency" alerts have been issued and CPS energy plants are currently generating above area demand.

CPS employees say conserving power in the long run will also help lower people's electric bills.

CPS Energy is urging its customers to conserve electricity especially during peak usage hours between 3 p.m. to 7 p.m, in order to avoid massive power outages.

Both the Public Utility Commission (PUC) and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) have issued power watches for consumers and businesses across the state.

The conservation appeal from ERCOT, which is the agency responsible for managing the state-wide electric grid, is due to extreme heat and high demand of power.

 

"There have been some unexpected outages at some power plants across the state....so in order to keep the system from going down statewide, we're asking everyone to conserve energy and practice conservation," says CPS Spokesman Victor Robledo.

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