ERCOT Asks Texas Residents to Continue to Conserve Power

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas canceled the emergency procedures on Thursday after more than half of the 8,000 megawatts of electricity lost Wednesday were recovered. However, ERCOT called for residents to continue conserving power as 3,000 megawatts remain offline while frigid temperatures and the threat of ice and snowstorms linger over Houston and Southeast Texas.

ERCOT CEO Trip Doggett said, "We are very appreciative of the sacrifices of those who were without power during the rotating outages, and we also appreciate the conservation efforts by consumers during this emergency situation, as well as the load resources in our demand response programs."

The Texas council that oversees the state's power grids says valves, pipes and monitors at power plants statewide froze causing emergency rolling outages on some of the coldest days of the year.

Doggett says the equipment that froze and burst should have been insulated before the winter as part of the power plant's preparation for the cold months. It remains unclear whether that happened in all cases.