The operator of the electricity transmission grid for most of Texas says this week’s freezing temperatures have pushed demand for power in the state to a new winter record.
The extremely cold weather on Tuesday morning had North Texans cranking up their heat for the second day in a row, and the area hit a new high for power usage.
Many folks across Texas are probably tempted to crank up the heat on Tuesday morning. But the demand for electricity could mean power problems throughout the state.
The low temperatures in North Texas created a high demand for electricity
Though rolling blackouts are not expected, freezing temperatures across much of Texas have led officials to issue an “Energy Emergency Alert” to protect the grid.
Oncor on Tuesday reported that power restoration is essentially complete in the Dallas area. Crews continue working in the Paris area, where scattered outages continue.
Utility company Oncor expects nearly all of the power across the Metroplex to be restored by the end of Monday. Roughly 14,000 outages remain across the Dallas area.
A lot of North Texans were still without electricity Friday night. And that means no heat for residents as temperatures continue getting colder.
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The cold weather and threat of icy conditions has Oncor crews standing by in Lancaster, ready for any potential power outages that may appear across North Texas.
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