ERCOT Ends Emergency Conditions
ROBSTOWN (Feb. 19, 2021) – As of 10:35 a.m. on Feb. 19, the Energy Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) announced that the energy emergency has concluded. The state entered Emergency Energy Alert Level 3 at 1:30 a.m. and remained at that level until this morning.
Nueces Electric Cooperative (NEC) is now able to operate at normal levels, officially ending five days of mandated outages. That means that if your power goes out or is out, it is a true outage, not a scheduled interruption. NEC asks you to please report your outage by calling 1-800-NEC-WATT. (1-800-632-9288)
Though some isolated outages remain, NEC announced that the majority of their members have had power restored. Although this type of weather is unfamiliar to NEC’s service area and can slow restoration down, NEC crews worked quickly and safely to restore power. They will continue to work until all weather-related outages are cleared.
As electric systems return to normal operating levels, members are encouraged to continue practicing conservation measures to reduce energy consumption, including setting thermostats to 68 degrees, turning off lights and electronics not in use, and ensuring doors and windows are properly sealed.
"This week, we experienced an unprecedented winter storm across our region testing the resiliency of equipment, the electric grid, and many times our patience,” says NEC CEO Varzavand “Avan” Irani. “I want to sincerely thank our members for their continued patience and support as we worked through these mandated outages but also tough road conditions, long hours in frigid temperatures, fatigue, and more. At NEC, we have the best team, hands down, working 24/7 to keep you with power.”
Due to extra electricity used during this winter storm event, members will likely see an increase on their electric bill due to large increases in usage. To reassure NEC members on these upcoming bills, NEC maintains the distribution lines that serve the homes and businesses within its service territory. The rates for these services are based on NEC’s tariffs, not on the fluctuating price of electricity on the wholesale market. Member’s distribution and delivery rates will not go up because of the storm market price spike. This is also due to NEC having a flat, fixed rate customer charge designed to cover costs for poles, wires, transformers, and equipment. Depending on your chosen power provider, you may see increases in your power provider’s pricing and in turn have a higher electric bill.
Lastly, NEC encourages all members to follow local news sources, the NEC Facebook page, as well as the NEC website for updates and the aftermath regarding the winter storm and ERCOT’s mandated outages.
About Nueces Electric Cooperative
The mission of Nueces Electric Cooperative, Inc, a member-owned cooperative, is to help our members continually improve their quality of life by providing reliable and cost-effective electric service in a culture where safety is a priority.