Texans asked to conserve power as 100-degree heat hits some regions

Texas power grid FAQs

  • What did the Legislature do to fix the power grid after the February crisis?



    Senate Bills 2 and 3 included a few key changes to the grid that experts said will begin to address some issues, such as requiring power companies to upgrade plants to withstand more extreme weather and creating a statewide emergency alert system. The legislation also changes how the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas’ governing board is appointed.

  • What more could the Legislature have done to fix the grid?



    Energy experts say lawmakers could have passed legislation to pay consumers to reduce electricity usage or help Texans better insulate their homes and reduce their electricity usage. Lawmakers also did not provide direct aid to people harmed by the February crisis.

  • What should I do to conserve electricity?



    ERCOT said Texans can reduce electricity use during the summer by reducing electricity use during the late afternoon hours, when demand typically peaks. You can do this by setting your thermostat to 78 degrees (or a level that is safe for you); turning off lights and pool pumps; avoiding use of large appliances such as ovens, washing machines and dryers; and turning off or unplugging unused electric appliances.


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