Brittney Ford of Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative provided an update on their energy situation at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday morning:
Many lost electricity overnight due to an extreme load on the power system as temperatures dropped significantly. These failures are not “failures”, but simply an inability to meet demand. The teams worked tirelessly through the night to find resolutions. Please try to save to the best of your ability.
ERCOT continues to issue mandatory progressive blackouts. These progressive breakdowns are only delivered to our members within the ERCOT system which is north and west of Nacogdoches. All other failures are not failures, but actual load failures.
The duration of continuous outages and such outages has lengthened. As we try to re-power the zones, the heaters and appliances turn on at the same time and we struggle to try to balance that load, resulting in recurring blackout. To deal with the overload, we have to bring areas online in smaller increments, which takes more time, but is necessary. With this, we cannot accurately tell you how long your power will be cut off each time and how long it will take to be restored.
Many fear losing their heaters and appliances due to constant flashing, flickering and blackouts. The best advice we can give is to try and shut them down completely until these issues are resolved. We know this tip doesn’t help your heating needs, but it’s the only recommendation we can give you until we can confidently assure you that your electricity will stay on.
This information is not the news we all want to receive, all Texans face these issues and we are all affected. We fully understand how uncomfortable it is and will continue to do all we can to empower you.
All are expected to end up experiencing these rotating power outages eventually. Please make every effort now to reduce the load. Recommended actions include:
* Reduction of radiators to 68 degrees
* Turn off or unplug non-essential devices
* Avoid the use of large household appliances
* Minimize the use of electric lights
* Closing blinds or blinds to better insulate the windows
Director of Communications and Member Services Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative, Inc.