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Texans still asked to conserve power during deep freeze

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Texans are still being asked to conserve electricity after the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) issued alerts early Monday.

The warnings were issued after reserve levels fell as demand was rising Monday morning. The alerts neared the ERCOT threshold for issuing rolling blackouts. 

Customers can help conserve energy by turning off lights and avoiding the use of large appliances during peak hours of 6-9a.m. and 4-8p.m.

"Turn off lights when you're not in the room, turn off appliances when you're not using them,"  said Charles Hill, ONCOR East Region Customer Operations Manager. "Any kind of thing you can do like that, while it may not make a huge impact on your demand, when you take it across the whole system it makes a huge impact."

ONCOR, one of the electricity providers in East Texas, said if rolling blackouts were issued there is a plan in place to execute those outages.

"Basically what it amounts to, they tell us the amount of electricity we need to be taking off the system," Hill said. "We automatically go into the process of rolling those blackouts -- across those neighborhoods across our system to make sure we have the fewest amount of customers out for the shortest amount of time."

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