Fri | Aug 23, 2019

Energy emergency declared in Texas heat wave

Published:Wednesday | August 14, 2019 | 9:45 AM
Kai Frazier and Chance Seawright, brothers visiting from Aiken, South Carolina, cool off while playing in the Fountain of Rings in Centennial Olympic Park, Monday, August 12, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Andrea Smith)

ATLANTA (AP) — The operator of the electric grid that serves most of Texas has declared an energy conservation emergency as temperatures across much of the state approached or exceeded 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius.

The Energy Reliability Council of Texas appealed to all of the state’s consumers of electric power to limit and reduce their usage during the peak demand hours of 3:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m. after reserve capacity fell below 2,300 megawatts.

No rotating power outages were immediately reported.

It suggests setting thermostats 2 to 3 degrees higher, set pool pumps to shut off from 4:00 p.m to 6:00 p.m., turn off and unplug nonessential lights and appliances, and avoid using large appliances such as ovens and washing machines during peak hours.

A megawatt is about enough electricity to power roughly 200 homes running air conditioners during hot weather.

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