May 16, 2022

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ERCOT, which oversees the power grid that covers much of Texas, is asking people to turn their thermostats on this weekend and is receiving other messages to limit usage.

ERCOT urges Texans to cut back on energy use over the weekend

The state’s power grid operator is asking Texas to conserve power this weekend, after six power plants were shut down Friday in unusually hot weather.

The Texas Electricity Reliability Council said in a statement that thermostats should be set to 78 degrees or higher, and people should avoid “using large appliances,” such as dishwashers, washers and dryers, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. through Sunday. He was released shortly after 5 pm on Friday.

“This afternoon, six power generation facilities were shut down resulting in approximately 2,900 (megawatts) of electricity lost,” Brad Jones, interim CEO of ERCOT, said in the statement. “At this time, all available backup generation resources are working.”

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