BPUB Asks Customers to Conserve Electricity

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.

“Although we set new peak demand records without needing to issue a conservation alert during the past week, the high temperatures statewide continue to drive high levels of electricity use,” said Dan Woodfin, ERCOT director of System Operations.

BPUB will keep customers updated on conservation requests as they occur. For updates, please visit BPUB on Facebook or Twitter or go to the BPUB website at www.brownsville-pub.com.