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CenterPoint Energy prepared to respond to potential power outages due to approaching winter weather
ERCOT says Texas grid condition improving but still urges conservation

HOUSTON - Feb. 3 2011 - CenterPoint Energy personnel are prepared to respond to potential power outages that may result from the icing event threatening southeast Texas.

CenterPoint Energy continues to closely monitor this weather system and has crews ready to respond should outages occur as a result of ice accumulating on power lines. Power lines coated with ice become extremely heavy causing lines to sag and fall and poles to break causing power outages. The same applies to tree limbs which become heavy and fall into lines. Customers should stay away from all lines as well as trees, tree limbs or any structure that the lines may be touching.

For more information on power line safety as well as carbon monoxide tips to stay safe and warm, click here.

Texas power grid

At this time, it is unclear if the rolling outages that occurred yesterday will occur again. ERCOT is closely monitoring both supply and demand for the electricity in most of the state.

Until this extreme weather breaks, CenterPoint Energy asks customers to continue to take energy conservation measures particularly during morning and evening peak demand hours including:

  • Turning down furnace/heater thermostats to 68 degrees or lower.
  • Limiting the use of electric appliances to only those that are needed most and avoid performing non-essential chores such as laundry and running the dishwasher.
  • Reducing the opening and closing refrigerators, freezers and doors.

For more energy conservation tips, customers can click here.

CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution, competitive natural gas sales and services, interstate pipelines, and field services operations. For more information, visit the Web site at www.CenterPointEnergy.com.