No brownout concerns despite East Texas heat

No brownout concerns despite East Texas heat

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Despite rising temperatures, energy officials say there is no concern over brownouts.

Brownouts are scheduled by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) when the Texas electric grid has reached capacity.

"A brownout is just a partial outage in certain parts of our area,” ONCOR spokesperson Grady Cashion said. “A blackout would be the whole area."

According to the ERCOT website, the grid is currently at normal operations. Cashion said it will take more triple digit heat to make an impact.

"I think it would take a couple of days in 100 degrees throughout our service area and throughout the state of Texas, depending on load,” Cashion said.

Cashion said there are things you can do to save electricity.
“With technology now, it is so easy to save electrify,” Cashion said. “You can unplug appliances when you leave on a trip. Basically, it's about energy conservation and not using electricity. You may think just unplugging a fan or a coffee pot may not help but If you have thousands doing it, then that effort does help."
Cashion also said it can save the customers money.

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