HOUSTON – Feb. 2, 2011 – The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has directed utilities across the state to resume normal operations. As a result, CenterPoint Energy has ended its planned, systematic rolling outages.
If high demand puts the Texas electric grid at risk again, ERCOT could direct CenterPoint Energy to resume planned rolling outages. As a result, CenterPoint Energy asks customers to take energy conservation measures including:
- Turning down electric 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.
ERCOT is the organization entrusted to keep electric power flowing to approximately 20 million Texas customers – representing 85 percent of the state’s electric load and about 75 percent of the Texas land area. As the Independent System Operator for Texas, ERCOT manages the scheduling of power on an electric grid.
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.