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EXCLUSIVE: ERCOT vice chair explains why asking Texans to conserve power again

In a live interview with 25 News, Bill Flores detailed the decision making.
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Posted at 12:23 PM, Jul 13, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-13 23:18:39-04

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — UPDATE: Watch above for a live interview with ERCOT Board Vice Chairperson Bill Flores detailing the power grid situation gripping the state on Wednesday.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is warning customers to conserve energy this Wednesday afternoon.

Under an official Conservation Appeal, ERCOT is once again asking Texans and Texas businesses to conserve energy from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.

No system-wide outages are expected to occur.

ERCOT has since re-affirmed that this potential reserve capacity shortage is applicable to only said time range.

Officials are accrediting record-high heat for this high electric demand.

These conservation notifications are typically issued when projected reserves are believed to fall below 2300 MW for 30 minutes or more, ERCOT said.

This is the second time this week ERCOT is asking Texans to conserve power to preserve the grid.