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  • Fort Bend County Fire Departments Send Assistance to Colorado County
    Trucks and Crews Help Battle Stubborn Wildfire

  • State of Texas Warns of Extreme Wildfire Danger

  • Consumers asked to conserve electricity 3-7 pm today through Tuesday
    All-time Peak Demand Record Expected on Monday or Tuesday

  • ERCOT in level 2 emergency; Consumers asked to conserve 3-7 p.m. today (Hyperlink (external website) External Link)
    Consumers asked to conserve electricity until 7 pm; Low risk of rotating outages
    “Interruptible loads – large customers paid to be dropped in a level 2 emergency are being deployed,” said Kent Saathoff, vice president of system planning and operations. “At this time, we feel the risk of needing the last step of our emergency procedures – rotating outages – is low.” “Capacity is expected to be very tight over the peak today – particularly between 4 and 5 p.m. We are asking consumers and businesses to reduce their electricity use as much as they are able during peak electricity hours from 3 to 7 p.m.,” Saathoff said. Consumers can help by shutting off unnecessary lights and electrical appliances, minimizing the use of air conditioning and delaying laundry and other activities requiring electricity-consuming appliances until later in the evening. Power Warnings are issued by the electric grid operator, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), when there is a high risk that rotating outages will be needed to reduce load. Rotating outages are controlled, temporary interruptions of electrical service initiated by each utility when supplies of reserve power are exhausted. Without this safety valve, generators would overload and begin shutting down to avoid damage, risking a domino effect of a region-wide outage. The outages are typically limited to 15-45 minutes before being rotated to a different neighborhood. Some customers may experience longer outages if power surges cause equipment failure during the restoration process. Customers can minimize power surges by turning off appliances, lights and other equipment, except for one task light to determine when power has been restored. Consumers should contact the utility company/ transmission provider listed on their electric bill for information about power outages at their homes or business, or about rotating outage procedures for their area.

  • ERCOT in level 1 emergency; Consumers asked to conserve 3-7 p.m. (Hyperlink (external website) External Link)
    Extreme heat expected to create tight capacity, high demand across state
    The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc. (ERCOT), system operator for the state’s bulk transmission grid, initiated Energy Emergency Alert Level 1 at 2:19 p.m. today due to responsive reserves below 2,300 megawatts (MW). Capacity is expected to be very tight over the peak today, and ERCOT operators are closely monitoring the situation. ERCOT is asking consumers and businesses to reduce their electricity use during peak electricity hours from 3 to 7 p.m. today and the rest of the week and weekend. Peak electricity demand is forecast to be more than 67,000 MW today. The current all-time peak demand record is 68,294 MW, which occurred on Aug. 3, 2011. Prior to this year, the record was 65,776 MW, Aug. 23, 2010. One megawatt powers about 200 average homes in Texas during summer conditions. “We’re expecting more high temperatures Thursday and through the weekend, so we may have more emergency procedures later in the week and weekend,” Saathoff said. “Until we get a break in this extreme heat and record drought, we appreciate consumers and businesses conserving electricity as they are able, especially between 3 and 7 p.m.

  • First Colony MUD No. 9 Initiates Stage 2 Water Restrictions (Hyperlink (external website) External Link)
    Mandatory Restrictions Now In Effect

  • Power Watch - Conservation Needed (Hyperlink (external website) External Link)
    ERCOT initiating level 1 emergency; Consumers asked to conserve 3-7 p.m.

  • ERCOT sets new peak demand record (Hyperlink (external website) External Link)
    Power use expected to be high all week; Conservation requested

  • Students Learn Importance of Disaster Planning

  • County Rated "Advanced" in Emergency Management Preparedness
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