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The city of San Marcos’ spokesperson this morning issued an advisory urging residents to use as little electricity as possible: 

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January 6th, 2014
As cold weather strains electric grid, city urges conservation


12:58 p.m. MONDAY, JAN. 6: Grid conditions have returned to normal, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas says, but grid operators are urging consumers to continue conserving electricity amid the cold snap.

“Cold weather will continue through tomorrow morning, and we will continue to monitor conditions closely,” Dan Woodfin, director of system operations at ERCOT, said in a news release. “Consumers are encouraged to use electricity wisely, and a conservation alert remains in effect throughout the ERCOT region.”


Due to the extremely low temperatures experienced across Texas, and the increased demand for electricity, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has issued an Energy Emergency Alert Level 1.

The goal of this Alert is to urge electric power consumers to voluntarily conserve electricity as much as possible to ensure reliability of the electric power grid in Texas. Voluntarily reducing your electricity usage will reduce the possibility of the mandatory power outages that many people statewide, experienced back on February 2, 2011.

If conditions worsen, forced electric outages may occur. There are no planned forced outages at this time.

Customers can:

  • Keep thermostats as low as comfortable, preferably no higher than 68 degrees.
  • Turn off electric space heaters.
  • Turn off any unnecessary electric devices.
  • Avoid running large appliances such as washers, dryers and electric ovens during high demand times (6-9 a.m. and 4-8 p.m.)
  • Close shades and blinds at night to reduce heat loss through windows
  • Businesses should minimize electric lighting and electricity-consuming equipment as much as possible
  • Large consumers of electricity should consider shutting down or reducing non-essential production processes

If customers experience a power outage, please contact your electricity provider at one of the following numbers:

  • San Marcos Electric Utility 512-393-8300
  • Pedernales Electric Co-Op 512-262-2161
  • Bluebonnet Electric Co-Op 512-332-7990
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