The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has instructed Brownsville PUB along with the other Electric Utilities acrossTexas to conduct rolling blackout in order to curtail load. Brownsville PUB was asked to shed about 17 megawatts of load to meet a generation shortfall related to the current cold snap.
The appeal results in short-term load curtailments, or “rolling blackouts,” for various customers across the ERCOT region including Brownsville. The “rolling blackouts” are necessary to keep the lights on region-wide.
With the “rolling blackouts” customers will experience an electric outage for 30 minutes. The “rolling blackouts” will continue until ERCOT instructs BPUB to discontinue.
In addition, Brownsville PUB is asking consumers to voluntarily curtail electric usage. Customers were encouraged to turn down their thermostats by a few degrees and avoid using any non-essential appliances or lighting during the critical peak hours.
Brownsville PUB recommends the following to conserve electricity:
* Set the thermostat at 65º or 68º. Special consideration should be placed for the ill, elderly, and children.
* Turn off unnecessary lights or appliances, such as television sets, which produce heat. Do not do baking, clothes washing, ironing and other hot jobs at this time.
* Turn off the lights in any room not being used.
“The good news is that we kept the lights on region-wide, as our plan is designed to do,” said BPUB General Manager John Bruciak. “The bad news is that some customers will be inconvenienced. We appreciate their cooperation to keep the lights on for everyone.”