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Power Restored to NEC Members, But Freezing Temperatures Remain

ROBSTOWN (Feb. 18, 2021) Ice and snow from this historically unprecedented state-wide freeze has caused electric utilities across Texas to deploy controlled mandated outages to help stabilize the Texas energy grid. On Thursday, The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has lifted the mandated outages.

While hope is on the horizon, the outages may not be over yet. There is the possibility that Nueces Electric Cooperative (NEC) could be asked to shed more load, but for now there are no mandated outages for NEC members. Based on the weather forecast for Thursday night and information from ERCOT, NEC members need to be prepared to potentially endure mandated outages yet again.

It is therefore critical for anyone with power to continue conservation efforts. Failure to comply with the ERCOT order would place the entire electric grid in jeopardy of prolonged statewide failure, and subject NEC members and Texans everywhere to market-rule violations that could lead to substantial sanctions and fines from the Public Utility Commission of Texas.

NEC recommends that members refrain from the following:

-Washing clothes

-Running dishwasher

-From using other electricity-intensive appliances and devices

-Keep your thermostat set to 68 degrees or as low as you can tolerate

-Keep all other electricity usage to the barest minimum possible

NEC understands that outages due to the current extreme weather across its service territory can be deeply frustrating. NEC is committed to serving their members, and employees are working tirelessly to keep the lights on and you and your families safe. NEC also encourages you to stay safe and follow local authority’s direction on current road conditions and the current water boil.

Lastly, NEC encourages all members to follow local news sources, the NEC Facebook page, as well as NEC website for updates 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.

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