Saturday, May 14, 2022
The operator of the state's electricity grid is asking Texans to conserve power this weekend, after six generation plants went offline Friday amid unseasonably hot weather. Thermostats should be set to 78 degrees or higher, and people should avoid "the usage of large appliances," such as dishwashers, washers and dryers, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. through Sunday, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas said in a statement that was released shortly after 5 p.m. Friday.
[Texas Gov. Greg] Abbott and other state leaders have been attempting to shore up the state's power grid, after its catastrophic failure during a severe winter freeze in February 2021. Extensive blackouts stemming from that disaster contributed to hundreds of deaths and billions of dollars in property damage.
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