ERCOT warns power conservation measures necessary

Published on Monday, 6 January 2014 08:49 - Written by

AUSTIN (AP) — The operator of the electric transmission grid for most of Texas says a power watch is in effect and that conservation measures are needed.

The announcement Monday morning by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas followed an earlier one in which ERCOT said rolling blackouts may be necessary unless consumers reduced their use of electricity. An earlier email warning issued by ERCOT said "risk of power outages exist throughout Texas."

But the operator later said the system is recovering and that blackouts are not being considered.

ERCOT spokeswoman Robbie Searcy says frigid temperatures across much of the state resulted in high electric use.