Power grid officials issue emergency alert

Jan 6, 2014

With cold temperatures and high electric use this morning, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has announced an Energy Emergency Alert and has implemented the first two stages of its steps to protect the grid.

“We have brought on all available electric generation and have deployed all demand response programs that have contracted with ERCOT to reduce electric use in emergency situations,” said Dan Woodfin, ERCOT director of System Operations.

ERCOT has warned that rolling blackout could be possible if the situation worsens and urged Texans to conserve electricty while staying safe in this week's cold temperatures.