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BPUB Asks Customers to Conserve Electricity

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The Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) asks its customers to conserve electricity today during peak demand hours between 3-7 p.m. This request is being made as part of a call to limit or reduce electrical use sent out by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).

BPUB wants its customers to know this issue is not isolated to any one energy provider or area. It’s something that affects everyone in Texas and is being done to avoid overloading the state’s power grid as demand soars with the hot summer temperatures. According to ERCOT, unplanned outages of electrical generation units as well as high summer demand necessitated this request.

Customers can conserve electricity by turning off unnecessary lights, not washing and drying clothes during peak hours (3-7 p.m.), and turning up thermostats on air conditioning units.

“This is a precautionary measure to help ensure we can maintain overall reliability during this high-demand period,” said Dan Woodfin, ERCOT director of system operations. “Voluntary conservation, especially during the late afternoon and early evening hours, can help us ensure reliability throughout the ERCOT grid.”

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