CPS Energy is urging local customers to curb their electricity use between the hours of 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. every day this week to avoid power outages across the state.
The local utility is responding to a power watch issued by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). ERCOT is the agency responsible for managing the statewide electric grid. Because of the extreme heat, ERCOT officials are warning that there may be a risk for outages due to high electricity demand.
No official statewide or local emergency alerts have been released at this time. However, power officials are asking customers to turn off all unnecessary lights, appliances and electronic equipment during the peak hours; close drapes and blinds; set thermostats to 78 degrees or higher; don’t use the dishwasher, laundry equipment, hair dryers or other home appliances during peak hours; and use microwaves for cooking instead of an electric range or oven. The goal is to reduce the risk of rolling blackouts.
Businesses are also asked to minimize the use of lighting and equipment during these peak hours.
San Antonio-based CPS Energy is the nation’s largest municipally owned natural gas and electric utility.