The operator of the electric grid that lights most of Texas has canceled the Conservation Alert that was in effect overnight and this morning throughout the region.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas had urged conservation through noon Friday. ERCOT also warned of an increased risk of rotating blackouts in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas amid high demand for power.
“Since the peak demand hours have passed and sufficient generation is available to serve expected power demand in the ERCOT region, we do not see a need for additional conservation measures to protect the grid at this time,” said Ken McIntyre, ERCOT vice president for Grid Planning and Operations.
Some Central Texas schools, including the Austin Independent School District, canceled classes Friday due to weather and road conditions. The University of Texas at Austin and Texas State University in San Marcos delayed opening until noon.
Oncor on Friday reported nearly 1,000 customers without power in North Texas, where scattered snow left behind icy roads.
Forecasters issued a winter weather advisory for Central Texas and part of East Texas.
ERCOT says it will continue monitoring system conditions closely and will notify the public if additional conservation is needed.
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