Taylor Electric has been notified by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) that it must begin rotating outages of power due to high demand from freezing temperatures. This could occur anytime after 5 p.m. today (February 14). At Taylor Electric, we understand the inconvenience an interruption of power causes, but these mandatory rolling outages are designed to prevent a wide-spread prolonged outage. While we do not know how long these outages will last, please know that it is temporary. At Taylor Electric, we have been and will continue to be working around the clock to ensure we provide you with the best possible service.
If you lose power, turn off your heating and other large appliances such as your water heater to enable smoother service restoration. Once power is restored, you should switch the devices back on gradually over the following 30-to-45 minutes. Taking this step will help prevent a sudden surge in demand after power is restored, which could cause a second outage.
Rotating outages could be possible due to extreme cold weather throughout the state over the next few days. The Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is predicting record-breaking winter electricity demand that may cause tight grid conditions. If any electricity generating units trip offline, grid conditions could get tight enough to require rotating outages. Taylor Electric Cooperative encourages members to reduce energy consumption when possible to avoid causing stress on the electric grid.
• Turn your thermostat down 2-3 degrees in colder weather. Energy.gov recommends 68 degrees.
• Open blinds and curtains to provide warmth from sunlight during the day.
• Turn off non-essential lights and appliances.
• Use larger appliances such as your washer/dryer and oven as little as possible.
Rotating outages are a last resort measure to protect the grid. If ERCOT calls on utilities to implement these outages, Taylor Electric Cooperative MUST comply. More importantly, they could help prevent a larger and much longer statewide blackout.
We encourage our members to take the necessary precautions and plan ahead to be ready in the event outages do occur.
This situation is not immediately imminent, but is a possibility we want everyone to be prepared for over the next few days. We’ll try to give advance notice on Facebook and the website as much as possible.