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ERCOT urging Texans to conserve power amid possible emergency


Texas’ power grid operator ERCOT, which has come under fire over its handling of the historic winter storm in mid-February, urged for energy conservation on Tuesday.

“Due to a combination of high gen outages typical in April & higher-than-forecasted demand caused by a stalled cold front over TX, ERCOT may enter emergency conditions,” the grid operator tweeted at 4:39 p.m.

While it made the alert and conservation request, ERCOT stated it does not expect customer outages.

“Declaring an emergency would allow us to access additional resources,” ERCOT explained.

As for the conservation, it urged consumers and businesses to reduce their electricity use this afternoon and into this evening.

This is a developing story. All updates can be found in this article.

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