VIDEO: Turn out that light before the grid does it, ERCOT says

Published on Friday, 7 February 2014 10:28 - Written by

DALLAS (AP) — The operator of the electric grid that lights most of Texas has asked customers to use less electricity because of the extreme cold.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas urges conservation through noon CST Friday. ERCOT also warned of an increased risk of rotating blackouts in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas amid high demand for power.

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.