- Six power stations unexpectedly stopped working on Friday.
- Temperatures will reach the triple digits in some areas.
- The state’s power grid manager was widely criticized after a widespread winter outage in 2021.
The Texas Electrical Reliability Council, better known as ERCOT, said in a statement Friday that people should set their thermostats to 78 degrees or higher to limit air conditioning use when they can, and avoid using large appliances such as dishwashers, washers, and dryers during peak hours. Between 3 pm and 8 pm
The reason for the plants to stop working is not mentioned. An ERCOT spokesperson told the Texas Tribune that a power outage was not expected over the weekend.
ERCOT operates power supplies in Texas and has been widely criticized after widespread blackouts during frigid temperatures last year. The state health department has blamed 246 deaths on the cold. Many of these are related to power outages, including carbon monoxide poisoning and people who died from the high temperatures in their homes.
As of early Saturday afternoon, the network was operating at full capacity with no shortages, according to the dashboard on the ERCOT website.
Texas is taking root in a building heat wave that will intensify over the next few days as the high pressure dome returns to the south. Record highs will be set in Texas every day over the next week.
At least one record was set on Friday, in Wichita Falls. Temperatures will rise to 100 starting Sunday, with the heat increasing through at least the middle of the week.
It is not unusual for energy companies to ask consumers to conserve energy during heat waves, and such requests are likely to become more common.
Temperatures across the lower 48 states are expected to be above average from now through summer, especially this month in the Southwest.
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Heat doesn’t have to be intense to be dangerous. And remember that during a power outage, generators should never run near or inside homes or other enclosed spaces including garages and balconies.
Here are some tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help keep you safe in warm weather, especially for young children, the elderly, or those with pre-existing health conditions that make them more vulnerable:
Stay in an indoor air-conditioned place as much as possible.
Stay hydrated and drink plenty of fluids, even when you’re not thirsty.
Schedule outdoor activities carefully.
Wear loose-fitting, lightweight and light-coloured clothing.
– Wear sunscreen.
-Do not strain yourself.
Take a shower with cold water.
– Check with friends or neighbors.
Never leave children or pets in cars.
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