The manager of the electric grid serving most of Texas says extreme cold is driving a dramatic increase in electricity demand. The electric Reliability Council of Texas is asking Texans to reduce their use of electricity through noon Friday.
An ERCOT statement recommends avoiding the use of large appliances. Also keep thermostats set as low as is comfortable, preferably no higher than 68 degrees.
Thursday morning topped 57,000 megawatts and could overtake its record of 57,277 megawatts before the cold wave eases.
Drivers are also being advised to use caution on roads due to the possiblity of sleet and freezing rain, especially north of Houston. Forecasters say tempetures should warm up through the afternoon and into the weekend.