Possible rolling interruptions; officials call for limited use of electricity – Cross Timbers Gazette | Denton County South | mound of flowers

State officials are asking residents to limit their use of electricity and natural gas resources Sunday through Thursday as the upcoming winter storm is expected to put huge demand on the Texas power grid.

Residents are asked not to set their thermostats higher than 68 degrees, to close their blinds and curtains, to unplug unused items and to limit the use of washing machines and dishwashers during peak hours of the morning and evening.

In response to extreme winter weather, area residents may experience service disruptions for the next 36 hours.

Governor Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration Friday afternoon for all of Texas as a massive winter storm threatens to wreak havoc on the state’s power grid, power lines and roads. The Texas power grid could see record winter electricity demand from Texans trying to warm up this weekend, putting its capacity to the test and potentially leading to Texas blackouts, or “spinning blackouts.” “.

CoServ said in a statement Saturday afternoon that the rotating outages have not yet been ordered by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which operates the electric grid and manages the deregulated market for 75% of the state. .

If ERCOT deems it necessary, customers of Oncor and other utilities in the area will experience similar outages.

These outages would last in 15-minute increments and could occur multiple times over a 24-hour period, according to the press release. If you signed up for outage alerts through CoServ, you will receive a text or email indicating an outage at your home. If this is a rolling outage, you will see a red box in the service territory with a red message indicating that mandatory rolling outages are in effect. For more information on deployment outages and how to sign up for alerts, visit http://bit.ly/3phM3ND.

CoServ has implemented its emergency response plan and asks all customers to reduce their energy consumption. Additional updates will be posted on the CoServ website at www.coserv.com.

The outages are related to the snowstorm approaching North Texas, which is on a winter storm warning through Monday evening. The National Weather Service predicts the winter mixing will begin around midnight and turn to snow Sunday morning. The heaviest snow is expected around 6:00 p.m. Sunday through 6:00 a.m. Monday, followed by dangerous wind chills as low as -16 degrees. The weather service expects a 50% chance of 4 inches or more of snow in DFW.

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