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Energy Emergency

When unexpected strains are put on the Texas electric grid and demand for electricity threatens supply reserves, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) may require PEC and other electricity providers to take measures to reduce their members’ or customers’ impact on the grid, including voluntary conservation efforts, voltage reduction and planned rolling blackouts. ERCOT notifies member utilities of the measures through its Energy Emergency Alert (EEA) system, which consists of different levels of action designed to stabilize the electric grid.

PEC has a plan in place to respond to the various levels of action required in the event ERCOT issues an alert. Our departments work together to promptly take whatever action is required to help ERCOT prevent widespread, extended blackouts.

In addition, we notify members and the media of the situation through press releases, this website, Twitter and Facebook. We provide updates as the situation improves or requires additional action.

What you can do

The following conservation actions are based on Public Utility Commission recommendations for use during the different levels of ERCOT energy emergency alerts:

Residential Members


Winter Conservation Alerts (click subtitles to expand)

Normal Conditions (or for use during precautionary Conservation Alerts)

Power Watch: Conservation Needed — EEA Level 1

Power Warning: Conservation Critical; Risk of Rotating Outages — EEA Level 2

Power Emergency: Rotating Outages in Progress; Conservation Critical — EEA Level 3


Summer Conservation Alerts (click subtitles to expand)

Normal Conditions (or for use during precautionary Conservation Alerts)

Power Watch: Conservation Needed — EEA Level 1

Power Warning: Conservation Critical; Risk of Rotating Outages — EEA Level 2

Power Emergency: Rotating Outages in Progress; Conservation Critical — EEA Level 3


Commercial Members

If applicable, commercial members also can use the above conservation measures recommended to residential members. A few additional measures commercial members can take include:

  • Turn off lights and computers in empty offices and conference rooms.
  • Turn off all unnecessary appliances such as coffee makers, microwaves, refrigerated water coolers, printers, scanners, copiers, monitors or other peripheral equipment.
  • Reduce lighting to the minimum levels consistent with work needs, personal safety and security.
  • Turn off monitors when not used.
  • In summertime, set thermostat to at least 78°, in wintertime, set thermostat to at least 68°.
  • Avoid using elevators. Take the stairs instead in case the power goes out.

Resources


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