Extreme Heat in Texoma Means More Energy Consumption

With Texomans feeling the triple digits already this year, we could be in for a long summer with days full of blasting AC's.

Officials tell Newschannel 6 there is enough energy to handle the extra energy usage, because Texomans are sure to be running fans and AC's to cope with temperatures hitting above 100 degrees!

Everyone is trying to stay cool and out of the heat.  With more energy being used officials with Oncor, the largest electricity delivery service in Texas, says they are ready for what ever weather comes their way.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, operates the state's power grid.  Officials say they are well prepared for the summer heat and they expect adequate electricity resources to meet high electricity demands in Texoma.  ERCOTE says there is an energy reserve available if needed.

Mike Nieto, West Regional Manager of Oncor here in Wichita Falls echoes what ERCOT says, confirming there is plenty of energy.  He also says planned outages or blackouts are still a possibility in a worst case scenario situation.

Mike Nieto comments, "the plan is to look at our critical customers and look at our non-critical customers and put that plan in place.  Then decide which customers will be effected by a planned outage."  But Nieto is confident rolling blackouts will not happen again like they did back in February.

Nieto suggests residents try different ways to conserve energy in their homes or apartments to help with the over all energy consumption in Texoma.

Oncor offers these ways to help conserve energy, set your thermostat at 78 degrees or higher, draw your shades to keep sunlight out, use ceiling fans as often as possible, and try not to leave the air-conditioner running while you're gone.

Natalie Garcia,  Newschannel 6