BROWNSVILLE, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has asked electricity providers across the state, including Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB), to reduce energy use. BPUB customers are asked to conserve energy through Thursday and Friday as power generation capacity is expected to be in high demand across the state today due to cold temperatures.
The BPUB has enough capacity to meet the needs of the city of Brownsville and no rolling blackouts are anticipated at this time. Consumers can help ensure the system is able to continue serving current power needs by taking the following steps to reduce demand on the system tonight and tomorrow morning:
- Keep your thermostat as low as is comfortable, preferably no higher than 68 degrees.
- Turn off and unplug non-essential lights and appliances.
- Avoid running large appliances such as washers, dryers and electric ovens during peak energy demand hours (6-9 a.m. and 4-8 p.m.).
- Close shades and blinds at night to reduce the amount of heat lost through windows.
- Large consumers of electricity should consider shutting down or reducing non-essential production processes.
- Businesses should minimize the use of electric lighting and electricity-consuming equipment as much as possible.
According to ERCOT, peak demand this morning exceeded 57,000 megawatts (MW) and could reach or break its 57,277 MW record before the current winter weather leaves the region.
The BPUB will continue to monitor the power grid situation and is prepared to keep customers informed of this situation should any changes develop.