The power grid operator in Texas declares the highest state of emergency for outages
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has declared its highest state of emergency after an unusual winter storm that struck the Lone Star State, causing record temperatures and leaving millions of people without electricity.
The electricity network operator had previously requested this Texans are reducing their electricity consumption as much as possible by Tuesday.
“We are seeing record-breaking electricity demands due to the extremely cold temperatures in Texas,” said Bill Magness, President and CEO of ERCOT.
He added, “At the same time we are dealing with above average blackouts due to frozen wind turbines and limited natural gas supplies for generating units. We urge Texans to take some simple and safe steps to lower their energy use …