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ERCOT issues Power Watch, asks Dallas residents to conserve energy until 7 PM

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Dallas South News Wire (Electric Reliability Council of Texas)

Consumers and businesses are asked to reduce their electricity use during peak electricity hours from 3 to 7 p.m. today due to record high temperatures and unexpected generation outages.

“The temperature is hotter than usual for this time of year, and we lost several generation units earlier today,” said Kent Saathoff, vice president of grid operations and system planning.  “Consumers can help by delaying or limiting their electrical energy use until after 7 this evening.”


  • Limit electricity usage to only that consumption which is absolutely necessary. Turn off all unnecessary lights, appliances, and electronic equipment.
  • Do not use your dishwasher, laundry equipment, hair dryers, coffee makers, pool pump, or other home appliances between the hours of 3 to 7 p.m.
  • Close blinds and drapes on windows that get direct sun, set air conditioning thermostats to 80 degrees, and use fans to circulate the air.
  • Use microwaves or outdoor grills for cooking to avoid heating the home.
  • 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:

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