ERCOT has issued a Conservation Appeal for today, August 30, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. CT. Due to a high level of unexpected thermal generation outages and forecasted low wind generation, operating reserves for ERCOT are expected to be low this evening. As a result, ERCOT is requesting Texans to conserve electricity use, if safe to do so.
Yesterday, ERCOT avoided emergency operations due to the conservation efforts by Texas residents and businesses, combined with wind improvements and additional grid reliability tools.
Like yesterday, today’s conservation appeal does not indicate ERCOT is experiencing emergency conditions at this time. Current forecasts are showing a potential to enter emergency operations this evening because of a high level of unexpected thermal generation outages and forecasted low wind generation. ERCOT will continue to closely monitor conditions throughout the day and will keep the public informed through our communications channels.
What is an ERCOT Conservation Appeal?
An ERCOT Conservation Appeal is a request for Texans to reduce electrical usage, if safe to do so. Conservation is a widely used industry tool that can help the grid by lowering demand for a specific period of time, which is typically late afternoon into the evening hours in the summer. Conservation helps grid operators balance generation supply and customer demand.
Who should reduce their electric use?
ERCOT requests all Texans to reduce their electric use, if safe to do so, today, August 30, from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. CT.
ERCOT also requests all government agencies (including city and county offices) to implement all programs to reduce energy use at their facilities.
How can I reduce my electrical use?
- Turn off unnecessary lights: Switch off lights in rooms you’re not using to reduce energy consumption and heat generated.
- Unplug devices: Unplug chargers, electronics, and appliances when they're not in use to prevent "phantom" energy consumption.
- Use fans wisely: Use ceiling fans or portable fans to help circulate air, which can make you feel cooler at a higher temperature setting. Remember to turn them off when you leave the room.
- Limit appliance use: Avoid using heat-generating appliances like ovens, stoves, and clothes dryers during the hottest parts of the day. Opt for no-cook or microwave meals.
- Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water to regulate your body temperature naturally, reducing the need for excessive air conditioning.
- Lower water heater temperature: Reduce your water heater’s temperature setting to save energy and reduce the heat it generates.