February 2, 2011 by staff
Centerpoint Energy, CenterPoint Energy has begun planned, controlled rolling outages following an order from ERCOT to restrict delivery to end customers to use its territory greatest service Houston. From about 5:45, CenterPoint Energy has begun to take up to 45 minutes systematic failures at an average of 330,000 customers on a rotating basis.
“This is a state of emergency on the scale and CenterPoint Energy will comply with direct orders of ERCOT,” said Scott Prochazka, senior vice president of the division of CenterPoint Energy power transmission and operations delivery. “Although we are aware of emergency which is an inconvenience to our customers, these outages are scheduled controlled rolling action to avoid potentially more, and power outages wider. We will continue these failures rolling until we get the direction that the ERCOT power in Texas has stabilized. ”
CenterPoint Energy has pre-determined which circuits / power lines will be systematically taken offline or reduced through its service territory together to achieve the load reduction required by ERCOT. The goal of society is to avoid turning off the circuit facilities vital to safety, health and well being, such as hospitals, treatment plants and water utility services.
ERCOT is the agency responsible for conserving electrical power flowing to approximately 20 million Texas customers – representing 85 percent of the electric charge of the state and about 75 percent of the size of Texas. As the independent system operator for Texas, ERCOT manages the scheduling of power on a grid.
CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution and sales, and interstate pipeline and gathering operations. The company serves nearly five million customers primarily measured in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, CenterPoint Energy has asked perform “load shedding” today, temporarily shutting off the power for short periods of time to avoid breakdowns in the longer term.
The need for load shedding was caused by the power of increased demand due to cold weather has paralyzed the state.
Some parts of Fort Bend County are already reporting, “rolling blackouts” and reduced energy availability.
Power outages should last 15-20 minutes each CenterPoint Energy alternates outages in the region, according to a statement released this morning by the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management.
Anyone who suffers from blackouts for more than 45 minutes must notify CenterPoint Energy at 800-332-7143.
ERCOT operates the electrical grid and manages the deregulated market by 75 percent in Texas.
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