Rolling Power Outages Could Return

Updated 9:43 p.m. 2/2/11 –

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – People all across North Texas continue to be impacted by Tuesday morning’s cold blast of winter weather. Snow and ice remain on area roadways, as temperatures have been in the teens and below for the past day. This is the coldest air to move through North Texas in 15 years, and the coldest day in 21 years  — and conditions will not be heating up until the weekend.

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The problems aren’t just with the cold outside. Oncor reported tens of thousands of people without power Wednesday. That included some residents in nearly all parts of North Texas. Dorothy White with the City of Garland later confirmed that the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) was in the process of rolling outages.

A statement then released by Dottie Roark with ERCOT said that ERCOT “instructed utilities to begin rotating outages to compensate for a generation shortage due to numerous plant trips that occurred because of extreme weather.” The power outages, a process called ‘load-shedding,’ are taking place statewide.

By mid-day ERCOT announced that the rotating outages were “no longer needed”, but a spokesperson told CBS 11 News they could again become necessary this evening and Thursday.   In a statement Wednesday night ERCOT urged Texas residents to reduce power usage during peak-demand time Thursday morning from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.

ERCOT officials said the grid situation is improving, but conservation was still needed.  The state’s power grid hit an all-time winter peak demand Wednesday night between 7-8 p.m.

ERCOT officials also said that some of the customers who are still without power have lost electricity because of the winter storm and not the rotating outages.

Early Wednesday afternoon, Terry Hadley, a spokesman for the Texas Public Utility Commission, said across the state millions of Texans have been or will be impacted by the blackouts.

Initially, Roark said the outages, which started around 6:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, would just be temporary – lasting somewhere between 10 and 45 minutes per neighborhood – and that “critical need customers such as hospitals and nursing homes” are not included in the process. But as the morning and afternoon went on, CBS 11 News received reports of outages lasting for several hours.

Hadley said at least two major electric generating plants shut down overnight.  Those shut downs reduced the amount of electricity in the system by 10 percent. When that happened, ERCOT ordered utilities to start the rolling outages.

Hadley said state officials understand that “this is a major inconvenience for a lot of people.”  The rolling outages are designed to minimize that inconvenience, he said.

Burst water pipes at two coal-fired power plants forced them to shut down, triggering the rolling power cuts.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst told the Associated Press he was told that the pipes at two Austin-area plants, Oak Grove and Sand Hill, forced them to cut electricity production. Natural gas power plants that should have provided back up had difficulty starting due to low pressure in the supply lines, also caused by the cold weather.

Atmos Energy, the main provider of Natural Gas in North Texas, posted a statement to their Investor Relations page Wednesday saying a curtailment order was put into place at noon Wednesday for industrial customers north of I-30.  The release asks residents to set thermostats at 65 degrees and limit early morning hot water use.

There is at least one North Texas location that doesn’t have to worry about losing power — Oncor said Cowboys Stadium is exempt from the rolling outages. While the stadium will remain light and warm, Oncor spokeswoman Jeamy Molina said other Super Bowl facilities, such as team hotels, were not exempt.

Molina said that Oncor has been aiming for 15 minute outages, and trying to impact as few neighborhoods as possible during their rolling blackout periods. Customers are advised to call Oncor (888-313-4747) and report the outage should it last for an extended period of time.

>> Visit Oncor’s Website <<

In the meantime, residents all across North Texas are advised to limit their electricity use by turning off any lights or appliances that are not in use and turning off electronic devices that are not necessary.

Most schools across North Texas have already announced closures for the third straight day, including those in the Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington and Denton Independent School Districts. Other businesses and agencies are also deciding they will be closed again on Thursday.

>> Check The Latest Closings & Delays <<

Despite the widespread closures and delays, many North Texas drivers still ventured out into the cold and onto the icy roads on. Before the evening rush hour, there were already numerous car accident reports.

Some area roads appeared fine at first glance, causing some drivers to become over-confident behind the wheel. Drivers should be on the lookout for ‘ambush ice’ (as CBS 11’s Jeff Ray dubbed it on Wednesday morning). Slick patches are still present, especially on bridges and in the shadows. A driver that hits these patches at dangerous speeds is likely to wind up sliding out of control.

>> Check Area Traffic Conditions <<

For those who do not want to drive on the potentially hazardous roads, there are public transportation options available. Regular service is running for DART, The T and the TRE. Riders should be careful at bus stops and transit centers, however, due to slick spots.

>> DART Website | The T Website |TRE Website <<

For those looking to get away from this icy mess, DFW International Airport and Dallas Love Field are fully operational, although thousands of flights have been canceled nationwide — and that number will surely grow throughout the day.

>> Check Flight Status: DFW Airport | Love Field <<

As always, whether you are traveling in the air, on the road — or just staying at home — remember to put safety first and be careful. Conditions should improve in time for the Super Bowl on Sunday.

>> Check The Latest Weather Video From CBS 11/TXA 21 <<

Comments

One Comment

  1. June Acheson says:

    Rolling blackouts are understandable. It is nice to know that they are only for 15 minutes at a time. However, what is the interval? My power was out from 6:45 to 7:00 this morning. When will it go out again?

    1. Mel says:

      Mine was off for an hour. Wyh don’t they shut all the goverment offices down??

      1. Rob says:

        Mine was out for 2 hours this morning, from 8 to 10, and then for 4 hours this afternoon from 1 to 5, is this supposed to continue over night? I already have 1 frozen maybe broken pipe from the ordeal.

      2. Julie says:

        You mean the government office that is in charge of sanding the roads or the government office that’s rescuing stranded motorists or the government office that’s setting up shelters so that people whose power has gone out have someplace warm to go? What an excellent idea. How about we just all turn off all our heat!? That’ll take care of those pesky rolling blackouts!

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  2. Jason Geymer says:

    Power just went out, south Keller, about 7:50.

    1. Jason Geymer says:

      Power just went out, south Keller, about 7:50.

      Power back on just about 10 minutes off.

  3. Sylvia Moore says:

    We just heard from our daughter in Rowlett on Mercurys Road. She has been without power since 2 AM. Our other daughter on Dartmouth says power went down about 5:30, came back up and is currently out again. Both are all electric homes.

  4. Debbie bogart says:

    All schools are closed. That alone should have helped with the power!! Why were we not warned

    1. texasproud says:

      the schools dont turn their power off. disd runs power to all those beautiful and highly ennergy efficient portables(i am joking). As the article mentioned the power plants conveniently shut down last nite so we could have this shortage. Texas has abundance of natural gas, abundance of coal , lots of room in west texas for nuclear power, and a leader in wind energy..we have no shortage.

      1. charles wilson says:

        i agree with you on that
        have turn off power not needed and as far as the super bowl people and jerry jones thinking they sould not be apart of the blackout . all power should be cut off now

      2. Mandy Lewis says:

        I think it is retarted that they ar eleaving the Cowboys Stadium on for right now.. Umm The Super Bowl isn’t till Sunday.. soo between now and then they don’t need power. But of course ya know that is wayyy more important than the many familes with children or elders living in their home. I wish people would realize what is important and what isn’t..

      3. readyforspring says:

        Power plants don’t conveniently “shut down” in these situations. Power plants are a business just like anything else and if they aren’t running they have no income. To suggest or imply that they just stopped producing power is ridiculous.

        The most likely scenario is that the unitls lost power. All the employees that spent the night trying to keep everything thawed out that is tens of stories high or out in the elements were not successful. Possibly everyone here that is complaining that the power companies aren’t working hard enough would like to volunteer their services in sub zero wind chills to ensure that your house stays warm.

        Texas does have a wealth of natural resources available however they also have a wealth of people that do not want this in their back yard. How many of you are now willing to have a nuclear, coal or power generation plant built in your community or have natural gas drilled in your area. Because I don’t see people on the news asking for this, what I see is people trying to stop this from happening.

        I hope you are all nice and toasty in your glass houses while the power/gas company employees are out in this subzero weather.

      4. steve says:

        The electric companies in the northern states don’t have any problem keeping their plants up and running during much colder conditions. The difference is that they plan for cold weather and invest in the right equipment. The morons that are running our electric utilities apparently don’t believe that it can ever get colder than 15 degrees here. Someone needs to lose their job for this one.

      5. TIM says:

        Dude, any Northern state puts up with far worse weather than we. If they can’t hack it, they need to lose the job. Period. No excuses.

        As far as new plants being stopped from construction, if power companies told the truth more often than not about the pollution levels, people wouldn’t fight so hard against them. Tell the truth, get what you need. Lie once and no one believes you any other time.

        Rolling blackouts?! The only thing that should be rolling are the heads at ERCOT.

      6. Paul says:

        I think this is all part of Cap and Tax! It’s Obama fault. He is the problem with this whole nation. We need to vote Obama out in 2012.

      7. Steve says:

        Hey Paul, right on! I actually blame Jimmy Carter, though. And the New World Order. It’s all a part of their plan to mildly inconvenience you.

  5. Robert says:

    Fun morning in Cedar Hill. Power went out around 6am which caused a smoke detector problem and all the alarms went off! (problem was in the second to last disconnected)

    Currently 8am, just drained as much of the pool equipment I could to minimize freeze damage. (pumps cant run)

    Fun morning🙂

  6. Tammy says:

    Im in the lewisville area on CoServ electric. My power went out about 7:30. Then acted like they were bringing it back online. It went off and on like 5 times and unfortunately ended with it being off.😦

  7. RS says:

    I know that all local news stations are not on the air!

  8. loraine schaefer says:

    i live in the denton area and the power has gone off 3 times already. it goes off for 15min and comes back on for 20min. how long is this suppose to last?

  9. Laura says:

    Flower Mound without power again. it went out at 8:25am

  10. Chase says:

    Roanoke… Lost power at 8:15, has been off now for 18 minutes.

    1. Chase says:

      Roanoke… Back on at 8:38.

  11. Joy Ashmore says:

    Here in Plano near Parker Rd. we are on our 3rd or 4th short blackout.

    1. Cee Jay says:

      Really?! I’m at very near Parker & Coit and have yet to have the first one but am prepared for when it does happen. :o/

  12. Patti says:

    I am in Johnson County, I live in Joshua close to Godley. My power has gone out several times and off for about 30 mins each time. Our power company is United Coop and they get it back up fast…however its not keeping my home from getting cold fast, even with my fire place going its still dropping down inside of my home into the 40’s fast!!! Hope this weather clears up soon!!!

  13. Aidan says:

    The Oncor rep is either lying or was lied to. We were out for 2.5 hours (0600-0830). Guess Oncor designated Pleasant Grove for the deep freeze…

    1. TJ says:

      My thoughts exactly – they lied or were lied to… Mine has been out for over an hour and this is the 2nd time this morning.

  14. Melanie says:

    15 minuets – I wish! Power went out in our Crowley neighborhood at 10:15 last night and didn’t come back on until 6:30 this morning. That 888 number is just an automated reporting system. It told us our power would be back on by 1:15 a.m., but that was not the case.

  15. Alan says:

    Well several years back the decision was made not to build power plants in order to placate the greens. This means in extreme events there is no reserve power. The blackout situation is only going to get worse in the future.

    1. kukaniloko says:

      I think there was a wind turbine that exploded, thus leaking all this wind in the environment. Thanks alot Greens.

  16. Hello from grand prairie i dont have power since 8:05 am this morning is 9:10am and i still with no power i am very worry about this situation because, i have three children and all three are small ages, i hope oncor can solve this problem soon. Please people stay safe dont go out. Thanks:-)

  17. Kay Neely says:

    15min is really ONE HOUR. From 7:20 to 8:20. My heater is working overtime not to warm the house back up.

  18. Bob Douthit says:

    My first power outage in Melissa lasted over an hour. I have a repiratory disease and need a breathing machine at night. My oxygen system doesn’t require electricity but the breathing system does. I can’t get a hold of my power company or Oncor to communicate this information. Any suggestions.
    Bob

    1. John says:

      Suggestions? Buy a generator for next time.

      1. Kelli Kegg says:

        well, some people that are sick with respiratory type diseases are living on a budget and don’t have the money to buy generators.

    2. Amy says:

      Bob,

      I would call 911 in your area and tell them of your situation.

      My prayers are with you,
      Amy

  19. Tee Shal says:

    Wonder if Arlington is affected by the blackouts. Or maybe they’re just sucking it all up

  20. Kalela Brown says:

    What NERVE the City of Dallas has to request during these rollling “load share/power outages” to request that the convention center & their city hall be expempt from the outages to accomodate the stupid super bowl activities. Of course – let’s just forget the residents who live here & pay for it every day to accomodate the big spenders who are here for a few days! IDIOTS!!

    While they are playing favorites, why not exempt the tourists hotels, restaurants & whatever else they “might” want to do while they are here & for however long they want to do it. But…by all means don’t inconvenience those of us who live here.

    1. T VOSS says:

      Shut the stadium down and send the power to the people. We have hospitals canceling surgery cause they don’t know when the next blackout is. Pathetic. I heard Tuesday 70 trucks with sand were brought up from Abiline to use for areas of super bowl activities. PLEASE To hell with the citizens, shut dwn their power all in the name of football!

  21. Thomas says:

    I bet Arlington or actually cowboys stadium is one of those places like a hospital or nursing home that they won’t “target” for an outage!!! Way to go king Jerry!!

  22. Ms.J says:

    With the high electric bills($600),you would think they would have this under better control(in any situation)Where is all of our money really going?

    1. Aidan says:

      Oncor is owned by TXU who is owned by a private equity firm (KKR I believe). Thats where your money is going.

      1. Carl says:

        Oncor gets very little of your high electric bills. Most of that goes back to companies who actually generate the power, which it appears we don’t have enough of in this state.

        Oh, and and $600, I’d suggest a new provider or some serious efficiency upgrades.

      2. Aidan says:

        The main generation company is Luminant (at least one of the plants (Sand Hill) is theirs I believe). Luminant is also owned by TXU, so it all goes to KKR regardless.

    2. diddy says:

      u agree w u…and alot of these posts. i have been here for 10 yrs and there is an ice storm every year but they never seem prepared for it…….something just not right about the whole thing…..i think rick perry needs to get on the phone ASAP….

  23. kris says:

    My power has been out for over 2 hours in McKinney. What’s the deal with us?

  24. Diana says:

    Poorly planned blackouts. My father is in the hospital at Medical City Dallas and they experienced a power blackout this morning. My mother told me that the hospital’s backup generators had to kick in.

    I’d like to know if Cowboy Stadium and other SuperBowl sites have been affected. They certainly should be.

    Don’t believe the power company’s statement about the “unexpected” outages.

    1. Robert says:

      If a facility has backup power available, that’s probably a good place to cut in a rolling outage

  25. Betty says:

    I live in south garland and my power went out
    for about 45 minutes this morning about 8:55.

    thank u for all u do to keep us informed.

  26. P Mulrooney says:

    You can’t tell me that we are using more power than we do in the summer time with all the AC’s going and pools..!!! NO it is because they are keeping Dallas Fort Worth and Arlington warm for the Super Bowl..that is all well and good…but this is a very serious situation and the priorities are all messed up!!! Do you guys really think we are stupid!!!

  27. Diane says:

    we are also in Plano, near Parker & tollway, and have been without power since 7:40 am (a little over 2 hours)

  28. jenny says:

    I’m in grapevine.My power has been out since 830 its 951 now! Seriously!!! I have a 2 year old and she’s bundled to stay warm inside!!

  29. Sarah says:

    Power went off in Grapevine at 8:35am…. still not on. Well over the 15 mins!!! It’s getting cold inside which means when it finally comes back on it will be on really high and for quite some time. What a nice plan when it’s 14 degrees!!!!

  30. Andrea says:

    We are in Wylie. At 6:00 our power went out for 15 min. Then at 6:30 we lost it for 2 hours. Not we are going on and off for 10-20 minute cycles with flickers in-between. Not long enough to warm the house back up even with fire place. I guess money speaks the loudest. It’s absurd to have power for the super bowl events when the roads are hazardous. If we lost 15 min every hour it wouldn’t be so bad. Does anyone know who determines the schedule?

  31. AN says:

    I live in north fw off 35 & Heritage Trace an@d have already had 6 power outages since 8am.The power comes on for a maximum of 5 minutes but usually less and stays off for at least15 min. at a time.

  32. John says:

    Kidding me? Two days of cold and backouts? What about the summers of 100+ for days. Whats Enron, I mean ONCOR doing?

    1. Carl says:

      It’s not Oncor’s decision. It’s ERCOT.

  33. Bree says:

    They never have to worry about me referring anyone to them! This is some BS!!!!

  34. Kelly Kellett-Drzymala says:

    Sometimes you just have to wonder what genius thinks they can shut off the power which makes all of our houses freeze inside and then expect us not to turn up the heat to warm everything back up????????
    At least be honest Oncor and give us a tenative schedule or some kind of warning so that those with medical issues and small children or the elderly can prepare. SHAME on you.

  35. Neenah says:

    If over 750 schools are closed and many city and government offices are closed along with many business closings, can anyone explain the “rolling power outages” on one of North Texas’s coldest days of the year?? You would think that with the closings we would be conserving power. I have encountered 4 outages since 5am!! I am ashamed that Oncor cannot handle a few cold days a year. Please make them aware it takes longer to warm up our homes with such frequent outages and we use more energy because we turn the heat on blast to warm up our home before the next outage!!
    .

    1. Carl says:

      It is ridiculous, but has nothing to do with Oncor. It has to do with the electrical supply. Want a change? Call your state rep. and senator and demand their efforts to permit more electrical generation capacity. I can remember a few years ago when Dallas city council folks were fighting new coal powered plants far away from here. You rarely need it, but when you do, you really do.

  36. Claire Anderson says:

    Power out 90 minutes beginning 7:30 am, northeast Paris, within 3miles of city’s loop.

  37. janice martin says:

    duncanville has been without power since 7am

  38. Angela says:

    What idiot came up with this plan…it’s 10 degrees outside lets take turns shutting off everyones power so they can freeze. I have an 19 month old and a 3 day old , both of which already have red runny noses because we haven’t had power or heat for 2 and half hours……thanks oncor you going to pay my kids bills?

  39. boyscout says:

    You know it seems to me that if we have a need to conserve energy why do the electronic, appliance,home building industries continue to create products that require more and more electricity to operate. Also why if we are going to be forced to get new electronic meters why can they not at the same time put in a special breaker to keep us from losing our appliances and electronics every time they turn the power back on since they deny responsibility. Also I think our electrical system is a joke in the first place and has nothing at all to do with efficiency. It is like one gigantic daisy-chained mountain of wires which makes our neighbourhoods susceptible to man dangers. You would think after all the years these companies have been providing electricity at great costs (and ever-increasing) to us they could design something safer and more efficient. Heck I would thing localised hydrogen units running off natural gas would be much better but hey their the ones with all the money and brains cause they figured out how to take all our money whenever they want.

  40. Eddie Sigala says:

    Those “rolling blackouts” aren’t short! Our power went out here in Grand Prairie from 8 AM and didn’t come back until 9:50. Instead of excluding Cowboys Stadium, they should cut them off– more power for us regular people.

  41. buddy williams says:

    Of course the power won’t go off at Cowboy stadium. On the second day Jerry said “let there be light”. Amen!

  42. Dianne says:

    We live in Melissa. We were out of power for two and one half hours from 6:30 to 9:00 AM. Power is back on now and it feels good to have heat back in the house.

  43. Kathleen Mahony Giannetti says:

    I’m so glad that we have our priorities – don’t know what Jerry’s world would do without electricity!

  44. Junior says:

    Scott – at $2000 hr – what is the status of building Comanchee peak nuclear reactors 3 and 4

    1. junior says:

      The was a study being conducted how much 3 and 4 would lower lake granbury

  45. Laura says:

    What the power companies do you not tell you is that when the power comes back on the surge to the system is 4 times higher, thereby your cost will be 2 times the norm.

  46. Brodrick says:

    My have went off as well ,also did the trading prices go up 400% on the cost of electricity?

  47. Rodger Scott says:

    Being an Energy Consultant, it’s concerning to me how the reporters are making it seem that the Providers or Oncor has something to do with the Power Outages/Rolling Black Outs and that is definitely not the case. ERCOT(Electric Reliability Council of Texas) schedules all the power generation with the Power Plants within Texas. ERCOT attempts to ensure there’s enough power statewide as needed but when you have multiple power plants go down as in this case with the coldest weather in 15 years increasing the demand you have to have a backup plan to keep from having a complete Statewide Outage like other States have experienced. It has to do with the Power Generation plants being down so please don’t think it has anything to do with what company/provider you’re with.
    ERCOT serves about 22 million customers in the Lone Star
    State, representing 85 percent of its electric load and 75
    percent of its land.

  48. Ron C says:

    Hooterville…there, we are all thinking it. I said it. We all know Mr. Haney is in charge of the power companies.

  49. Brodrick says:

    The Blackouts around North Texas are not Cause by the Weather, It’s because the cost to trade electricity went up to $2000 a trade and this will effect your bill by an increase from 4% to 15% per customer…….

    People it’s time to think smart sell and use your own Electricity by becoming your own Agent at http://www.affordableenergy.com/bless

  50. Sarah B. says:

    I live between Lewisville and Denton, the power went off at 6:45, finally came back on at 9:30, and went off again at 10:20. What a joke, I’m with everyone else, surely we aren’t using as much electricity as we do in the hottest parts of summer!

  51. Brodrick Archie says:

    The Blackouts around North Texas are not Cause by the Weather, It’s because the cost to trade electricity went up to $2000 a trade and this will effect your bill by an increase from 4% to 15% per customer…….
    People it’s time to think smart sell and use your own Electricity by becoming your own Agent at http://www.affordableenergy.com/bless

  52. AK says:

    Come on America, wake up and look at how much electricity we waste by not turning out the lights in our OFFICES! When you drive by at night on the streets, do you ever notice the businesses or offices are closed but so many interior lights are on with no one in the building. What is the purpose of leaving them on? Motion sensor lights can be put on for security reasons. People of America take everything for granted especially energy. This is one easy solution to conserving energy. At a time like today we have to be annoyed with the rolling power outages.

  53. mike says:

    did the cowboy stadium loose power

    1. tonyd, grapevine, texas says:

      I’ll bet NOT.

      1. john says:

        yes i do hope all of these do gooders who fight the construction of power plants are the first to get their power cut off and hope they all freeze.

  54. cam says:

    My husband works at Harris Hospital, the southwest branch in west Fort Worth. The hospital has been out of power twice already today. Aren’t the hopitals the “critical services” that should not be without power?

  55. Ron C says:

    What worries me more is this “On-Off” routine that lasts up to as long as the blackout when the power comes back on. It can not be good on any electrical appliance. And I’m sure any damages caused will be followed with a heart felt Sorry. Sucks to be you from ERCOT.

  56. Dane Williams says:

    Ask if the Texas coal plants are down, due to the fact the trains cannot get to the plants because the coal cars are froze up? The supply of coal trains could be affected getting to the plants…. Retired railroad conductor Dane Williams Ennis Texas

  57. Donna says:

    I saw on WFAA’s blog that a Texas PUC (Public Utility Commission) spokesman (Terry Hadley) says some power plants throughout the state went down overnight, unplanned outages. Texas lost almost 10% of the available power generated in the state. With that reduced supply ERCOT had to initiate its rolling outage program. Rolling outages are designed to last from 10 to 45 minutes, BUT on top of that, there can be localilzed weather-related outages that could last longer.

  58. jay says:

    the lights went off in fort worth fo 30 mins. I hope this is not going to happen all day.

  59. Allen Wheatley says:

    Is there something wrong with this picture?

    DART lite rail rins on Electricity. Crossing arms run on electricity. If they both ran on the SAME electricity, there would be no need to drop the arms when power goes out.

  60. Patrick says:

    considering last Saturday was a very low demand day for electricity, why was maintenance not done to prevent two power stations from going down when they are needed the most?

  61. Yvette says:

    I lost power at 8:00 am Tuesday and I finally rec power back on at 10:30 pm I call every hour on the hour checking status on the repair , I have spoke with several people and all they can say is they do not know. It was a very bad day for my family. We had to get a room at a hotel to stay warm.

  62. anon says:

    Our power was out for an hour and 45 minutes. 15 minutes is a lie.

  63. Kara powell says:

    Euless has had three rolling blackouts. Each one an hour and a half apart. 7:45am (15min), 9:00am (30min) now 11:00am and still without power so far. Looks like they’re going to be doing this in a cycle. Can you find out if this is what they’re doing? I’m trying to be on the computer. Thanks

  64. SJ says:

    I agree about the usage. We use much more power in the summer; every summer. There must be more to this story we will probably never hear.
    I have seen a week without power in Dallas with a heavy ice storm, but this storm was mostly cold, and no downed power lines.
    If you have one, use your gas range to heat that part of the house. Close the rest of the house off. If you still have power, conserve. Turn the lights off, unplug electronics not in use, heat water the old fashioned way, on the stove if gas, and not in the microwave and try not to use big appliances.
    Be careful with yourselves.

  65. Joe says:

    You know, the Sun is up. If I had solar power, I’d have power right now. Seriously considering solar as it seems no one in Texas knows what the blazes they are doing.

    What idiot titled these people the Electric Reliability Council?

  66. Krystal says:

    I live in East Fort Worth on the border of Arlington. Our 1st outage was @6am and lasted more than a hour. We had another one @915 which lasted 30min. My parents stay 1 mile away from “Jerry’s World” and they are on their 2nd outage as well. So Fort Worth & Arlington ARE affected by the blackouts!

  67. TONYD says:

    Hey whats going on. Are we living in Bagdad? All you ex-TXU Ercot guys, you better start working on a solution to this problem before its too late.

  68. Laura AN says:

    We have had 11 blackouts since 6:30 this morning. My laptop is running on battery and I have no lights or TV on, just the heater. I don’t mind doing my part in this but since the longest we have had power is right now and that is going on 25 minutes and the average time without has been over 30 minutes up to an hour, it seems this system is not working equally. And the power companies are saying no more then 15 minutes every 2 hours. That is garbage!

  69. Kim says:

    Austin Energy, in Austin are having longer periods without power vs Hilco we had one outage this morning Austin is having an hour long outage with 10 minutes on.

  70. Tour Cause says:

    our power was turned out this morning I woke up cold and hungry. we were gonna put the food out side that was in the fridge if it was gonna take some time to come back on.

  71. Betty says:

    Did anyone hear Scott Sams on channel 11 this morning saying the rates were going from $50.00 per KWH to $2,000 per KWH? This is suppose to be a temp thing only due to power usage right now. I would like to know if anyone knows where I can find this report in written form.

  72. Walter Bowman says:

    I am going to run mine full power as long as the stadium does. They are no better than me. Richer, but not better.

  73. JD says:

    We’re at the five hour mark without power in Northwest Plano.

  74. Tim says:

    This is a bad situation, but to listen to people posting here you would think that ERCOT planned it this way. I am sure that they are doing the best that they can with what they have. I would think that it would be kind of difficult to predict an outtage at a power plant (much like trying to predict when a car will break down). The reason they are having these “brown outs” is so that we don’t have a complete overload creating a blackout. That would be really bad. Kudos to those who are not at home like I am that are working on this problem as we complain about it.

  75. Jay says:

    2 hours off in South Grand prairie.
    Back on for 10 minutes.
    Now off over 2 hours again.

  76. Joe says:

    Ercot does do the planning, so yes, they did plan this. They planned to do nothing and that is exactly why these things happen.

  77. Marcie Morgan says:

    East Dallas near White Rock has been off 15 minutes every hour since 6a…And the electric company has the nerve to charge an extra 6.95 if I don’t use 500kwh….I use less than 400 per month and still get cut off.. I am concerned about the appliances…it’s reeking havoc on the microwave and the Fridge. on a fixed income I cannot keep replacing everything at the Ercot whim…..I agree what over usage…Has to be the build up of the stadium….At least this is better to know than not know exactly what

  78. DHD says:

    If your power is off for longer than 45 minutes. Here are two numbers supplied by Oncor to noitify them. 888-313-4747 or 888-313-6862

  79. King Jerry Jones I says:

    The nerve and absolute gall of you people ou people to complain about some electricity today! I am trying to help fill my pocket,I mean your local economy with a football game in my “death star” styled stadium that I got you to build for me.
    Of course Dallas city office an the convention center need to stay on… People won’t spend money for me if they are cold or in the dark!
    You need to understand your place as te little people or peasants,or as my code word for you,FANS, that I am trying to make an obscene amount of money for me. Politicians in Arlington aren’t cheap,especially the double talking mayor. Bribes aren’t free for the mayor of ft worth either. Tired of hearing the whining from you FANS about no heat…this is for my own,I mean, your own good that I get it all I need.

    1. Joe says:

      Okay, this comment wins the contest. I salute the superior intellect!

  80. Dan says:

    I would like to know what IDIOT decided Super Bowl week was a good time for maintenance on the power plants for any reason. That person should immediately be fired. Conspiracy theory would be that some energy execs ordered it to try to convince people to build more cheap polluting coal power plants.

  81. Jay says:

    Go King Jerry

  82. frank stich says:

    can someone at ercot, txu, or oncore tell me why i’ve had blackouts all day here at wycliff and the toll rd., and friends at the toll rd and northwest hwy ten minutes north of here have had none? i thought this was suppose to roll…

  83. kay kelly says:

    i’d like to know what if anything these rolling blackouts have to do w/the new EPA regs as of 1/11 and carbon emission/permitting VOC’s…. if this is replay of Californias’ situation, when texans do find out about it… it won’t be pretty!

    http://lonestarwatchdog.blogspot.com/2011/02/rolling-blackouts-in-sountheast-texas.html

  84. Bob O says:

    Most of my neighbors have not lost power, I have lost it for 30 minutes at a time, every 2 hours since 6am. I though that’s they were going by grids, but it seems that the smart meters are being turned off independent from the neighborhaood that you are in.

  85. steve says:

    What kind of idiots do we have running things? Rolling Blackouts!?!? Are we in some third world country? Are we in California? It’s pretty damn simple: If you can’t supply enough electricity, build more electric plants. The politicians and the company CEO’s will say that it isn’t that simple. Their explanations are just obfuscations aimed at hiding their own incompetence.

  86. mkcp says:

    I’m just glad Jerryworld is exempt while people are going hours without heat. That man is quite the humanitarian.

  87. Patricia Torrez says:

    Rolling blackouts in Texas are because the NFL and Jerry Jones care more about money then the hosting state. If they cared about the citizens of Texas then the rolling blackouts would effect the stadium and other buildings associated with the super bowl. THEY ARE MAKING IT SO OUR CHILDREN AND ELDERLY HAVE TO SUFFER WITHOUT HEAT FOR PERIODS OF THIRTY MINUTES TO AN HOUR AT A TIME IN DIFFERENT LOCATIONS ALL AROUND ARE GREAT STATE!!!!!!!!!!!! WHY MUST THE PLAYERS, THE TEAM OWNERS, COACHES AND EVERYONE ELSE WHO IS ASSOCIATED WITH THE SUPER BOWL BE NICE AND WARM? DO WE NOT DESERVE THE SAME RIGHTS? THIS IS ALSO POSTED ON THE NFL WEB SITE.

  88. Drew says:

    Readyforspring, the only time people complain about the power company (at least this much) is when they aren’t doing their job. Given the performance, I’d say these power companies and/or administrations were caught sleeping when they should have been alert.

    If they can’t do the job, they should stand up and say so, not wait till the last second and cause horrendous problems.

    1. readyforspring says:

      If you can come up with a way to keep thousands of feet of piping thawed out so WATER can pass through to create steam to power the turbines to create electricty in sub zero weahter without freezing EVER causing the unit to fail and STOP producing power I would bet you would have engineers knocking down your door.

      To the people who wonder why they are doing outages now would you rather them do them when the temps are 90 or 100?

      And no the only time people complain is when they are uncomfortable no thought is given to the people that will spend 4 or 5 days at work without having the luxury of going home trying to keep your lights on.

      This happens everywhere, everytime there is record breaking temps it happens in the north and east and it will continue to happen here. It’s miserable and I am not liking it anymore than than any of the rest of you I am freezing, wearing layers of clothing and trying to keep warm and decide if I am going to try to make the 2 hr trek to work tomorrow. H
      Direct your complaints where they should go. Write your representatives for changes to the grid and changes to the guidelines and funding for lines so all this energy can be transmitted on lines that aren’ 20 years old. Don’t knock the people that are trying to do a job.

  89. Emily says:

    We live in Plano and Preston, we donot have power since 8am, it is so cold. What should we do?

  90. Jordan says:

    I’m in Arlington and we had our 2ND outgage this morning. UGH

  91. Chris says:

    Here in Royse City the power has been going out for 15 minutes every 2 hours since 6:30, so I expect another one soon.

  92. Freezing Yellow Dog says:

    This lack of planning and no notice is just a taste of things to come. The lege is in session with a similar view of planning.

  93. john V says:

    Power has been OFF on the EAST side of Cynthia lane in Hurst for the last 8 hours – OnCOR Ticket 7449

  94. Charles says:

    I live near the intersection fo Bush tollway and 75. My power went out at 6:30 and wasn’t on when I checked at noon. Oncor’s map shows it is still out. My cat’s not happy. If we don’t have electricity by tonight, we’ll have to find a hotel, though with the game in town that might be a problem as well.

  95. Shauna says:

    No power in Melissa,Tx since 7:30 am. Zero, no rolling, just went off and has yet to be restored. Anyone in Melissa in the same situation?

  96. Perse says:

    I called The Electric Reliability Council of Texas at 512-225-7000 since they control the units of electricity

  97. Jason L says:

    Okay, so some power plants went offline due to ruptured pipes, repairs will take time to get the pipes repaired and the plants back online. But seriously, anybody calling in or complaining because the blackouts are keeping them from maintaining the temperatures of their homes in the 70’s need to turn that thermostat down. It’s better to be sitting at home, with electricity and heat wearing a light jacket or long-sleeve shirt than in the dark with a parka and gloves. I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s revealed later on that the areas where the blackouts were taking place were all in “high usage” (per capita) areas. Which would explain why some residences didn’t have any outages while others had several.

    1. Amy says:

      My concern is for the elderly, seniors or anyone needing warmth/electricty due to their health. Some people are not able to take a cold home/apartment and a temp in the 70’s is necessary for them. I hope they have family/friends checking on them. From what I have read many people have been without power for several hours and the temperature is dropping to the point where it is dangerous, even for their pets. I have a friend who lives at Christian Care Center in Mesquite, TX and they had about 4 blackouts this morning one lasting for 30 minutes in the Independent Living section. Thankfully they had staff calling to check on the residents. It is absurd that they had to experience any outages at all. They should have been exempt. I know I have not had any blackouts and am thankful not for me but for those around me who could not handle it as well. I pray this will be over soon.

      1. Jason L says:

        I had to vent earlier because a caller from Plano in an extended blackout, was talking about how the temperature in his house dropped from the mid 70’s down to near 60 in the few hours that he didn’t have power.

        I completely agree with you Amy. There are some situations and conditions where lowering the thermostat between 65 and 70 is not an option and my prayers go out to them. My comment was toward the millions of others throughout the state that CAN or could have taken conservation steps… Steps that could help everybody, young and old, to keep their electricity on. Remembering the Carter years, and other winter emergencies over the decades. Hopefully, those of us that are able to conserve will do what they can so that nobody will have to suffer.

        Right now, my thermostat is set at 62 degrees, I’m wearing long-sleeves, socks, and just setup the fireplace to light a fire. I’m also watching my cat chase the bottlecaps I throw around, but that’s another story. Ultimately, I’ll deal with a cooler house if it can help me and others to not be in a cold house.

    2. Amy says:

      Hi, Jason. Just saw your latest post. My apologies for any miscommunication on my part. I understand what you are saying about those of us who can stand it a bit colder. Your reply was very kind. You certainly are doing your part and have encouraged me to even be more frugal. I am glad you have your kitty to keep you company. I love cats also; my 16 year old kitty passed away last May. Give yours a hug for me.🙂

  98. Chris says:

    It has now been 4 hours for us without electricity here in Southwest Fort Worth (by Hulen Mall). The inside temp is reading 50 degrees. We’re considering whether to go stay at family’s house or get a hotel room…

  99. Vaughn says:

    If your really concerned about conserving power what dont they just make them use generators at the Super Bowl instead of making everyone else suffer.

  100. Tara says:

    I am in west plano and my power has been out for at least 6 hours! I am furious and freezing! Anyone have updates in plano?

  101. james says:

    my power was off for 8 hours.. 7:15am til 3:15pm.. what a joke ! kill the power at the cnvention center and jerry world, open the roof, make those northerners feel at home!

  102. Faith Pewitt says:

    I was appalled when I heard that the super bowl people are being exempt from the power outages. What, does football have a priority over people who are cold and hungry but have to deal with the power outages? What about people that use a breathing machine at night? How are the outages going to affect them. My husband is one of them. Crazy people.

  103. Rob says:

    Mine was out for 2 hours this morning, from 8 to 10, and then for 4 hours this afternoon from 1 to 5, is this supposed to continue over night? I already have 1 frozen maybe broken pipe from the ordeal…

    1. Amy says:

      Don’t know if your power is on yet or not, Rob. I found the below comment and hope it will help you if you need it.

      If your power is off for longer than 45 minutes. Here are two numbers supplied by Oncor to noitify them. 888-313-4747 or 888-313-6862

  104. Kate says:

    I am in Grand Prairie Texas..our power has been out since 6am THIS MORNING……AND ITS STILL OUT…MORE THEN 12 HOURS STRAIGHT!!

  105. Kat says:

    My parents are also in Grand Prairie and have been out since early this morning!
    It really does need to be fixed. Luckily they have a generator and a space heater, but now they are increasing fire risks due to the outage. I worry about them being in this cold with no electricity

  106. Dee says:

    Does West Plano have power yet. Waiting to see if I can get home or do I need to spend the night at work.

  107. Dee says:

    Just got off the phone with Oncor – gave them my address in West Plano (Park & Winding Hollow area). They informed me that they have not started working on that area of Plano yet and to be patient.

    I’m worried about my neighbors who are elderly. When I left my house at 4 this afternoon, the temp inside was already down to 52 (had to keep opening the door for my dogs to go out). I’m wondering how cold it is now.

  108. Bill of Arlington says:

    Mine went out @8:00 am today, came on @ 8:30 am, stayed on a minute, then went off to stay. It is still off. Maybe the planned blackouts are causing more damage to equipment than an overload. Arlington, near corner of Ave J and SH 360. As I write this it is about 10:41 pm.

  109. roy says:

    Maybe the electric companies should revisit the idea of not using the plant at possum kingdom lake and the natural gas plant at Granbury.

  110. not a native texan says:

    steve

    The electric companies in the northern states don’t have any problem keeping their plants up and running during much colder conditions. The difference is that they plan for cold weather and invest in the right equipment. The morons that are running our electric utilities apparently don’t believe that it can ever get colder than 15 degrees here. Someone needs to lose their job for this one.

    Your probaly one of the liberal douch that won’t let the power company’s build any new plants, that’s the difference between us and them. There citizen’s are smart enough to understand you need power generation. But you Texas people are special in your thinking you all seem to ride the short bus to school and work. Steve is a idiot

  111. Ambit Energy says:

    Ambit Energy is providing some additional information if you start experiencing rolling outages again today and tomorrow. If the power outage last longer than 15-30 minutes, contact your local electric delivery provider.

    Contact information for your local electricity delivery provider may be found on your current electricity bill. If you have access to the internet, we recommend checking your provider’s website for more information about the outages.

    If you do know your local electricity delivery provider (not necessarily the same company that provides your bill) – the customer service numbers are as follows:

    Oncor: (888)313-4747

    CenterPoint: (800)332-7143

    AEP Texas Central: (866)223-8508

    AEP Texas North: (866)223-8508

  112. Christina Leshley says:

    Does anyubody know how many mega watts it takes to run the Cowboy Stadium? I wonder how many mega watts will be used by the stadium on Superbowl Sunday? This is winter time, and we know there is potential for serious storms that could affect power. And it was known that the storm was on the way. Nobody suggested conserving energy in an effort to prepare for such an emergency, prior to the decision to implement “rolling blackouts”. Only on the day they were rolling blakcouts, was anything mentioned and most people didn’t hear about the request because their power was out. I don’t even know if ERCOT “tested” the procedure prior to ordering it on one of the coldest days in Texas. Firemen practice drills continuallly and are very prepared and organized for various emergencies. The “rolling blackouts” were not even done correctly (according to officials) by many energy companies, hence leaving some without power for LONG periods of time. Texas is one of the leading producers of energy in the country, and energy companies have the funds and credentials to build and operate and maintain these facilities. Yes we had inclement weather, but I don’t know if the result was all due to the weather alone. This predicament was not a matter of “inconvenience”, but rather a serious situation and life threatening to many. Does anybody know how much power was recovered/”saved” by these measures? I read in the newspaper we received some 300 mega watts from Mexico to aid.

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