TEXAS (ValleyCentral) — With a heat wave driving record power demands across Texas, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas issued a Conservation Appeal earlier today, asking Texans to conserve power.

ERCOT is asking Texas businesses to voluntarily conserve electricity, today between 2 to 8 p.m.

Earlier today, the Brownsville Public Utilities Board and Reliant issued news releases stating that due to the extreme heat, other grid operators are undergoing similar conservative operations.

BPUB attributes low wind as another factor in the extreme heat index.

“Current projections show wind generation is coming in less than 10 percent of its capacity,” the BPUB news release states.

Some ways to voluntarily conserve electricity are to:

  • Turn up thermostats on air conditioning units a few degrees.
  • Turn off and/or unplug non-essential lights and appliances.
  • Avoid running large appliances such as washers, dryers and electric ovens during peak energy demand hours (2 to 8 p.m.).

Harlingen native, Jesse Logo says he is okay with conserving energy as long as it’s temporary. However, he believes because of Ercots appeal the state should think about how to address future weather events. 

“What’s going to happen when there is a hurricane in the Gulf, and we all lose power. That’s happened before, and it took us quite a few days to get our power back, as a matter of fact, in my house, we went five days without power,” said Logo. 

Since then, Logo has bought appliances to try to prepare for a possible power outage. But he believes the state of Texas should put more money into power grinds,  in the hope that Texans don’t have to conserve energy in the summer heat. 

“I would like to see us use a little bit of some of that money that’s going elsewhere, to how do we fix this problem once in for all and moving forward think about the future,” said Logo. 

ERCOT also issued a Watch for a projected reserve capacity shortage from 2 to 8 p.m.

At this time, no system-wide outages are expected, according to the ERCOT website.