Transmission Emergency for the Rio Grande Valley

Mercedes, TX September 1, 2020 – The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is issuing a Transmission Emergency for certain areas of the Rio Grande Valley. The affected areas currently include portions of Weslaco, Mercedes, and the surrounding areas. Additional areas may be added if called upon by ERCOT.

At this stage, rotating outages are likely. These rotating outages are a last resort to prevent a Rio Grande Valley blackout.

Reducing energy consumption is critical, especially during the peak hours of 3-7 pm.

We ask that you please try to conserve energy today. Here are a few ways to do so:

· Turn your thermostat up 2-3 degrees

· Avoid using large appliances such as ovens, dryers, etc.

· Keep blinds and curtains closed to keep heat from migrating into your home

· Turn off non-essential lights and appliances


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