Generator outages prompt ERCOT electricity demand cut appeal

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — No rolling blackouts were needed after managers of the state’s biggest electrical grid issued a conservation alert.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas appealed for electricity consumers to cut their demand during Thursday afternoon peak demand hours of 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The period passed with no loss of reliability.

In a statement Thursday, ERCOT said several generation unit outages occurred. With temperatures still high, although not at their summer peak seen earlier this week in many parts of the state, ERCOT asked customers during peak demand hours to turn thermostats up by 2 to 3 degrees, close drapes and curtains, shut off pool pumps, limit large appliance use and cook with microwave ovens or slow cookers.