February 2, 2011 by  

ERCOT, Two men from Odessa 20 years spend more than 2 years behind bars on charges of cocaine. Juan Vargas and Edgar Lujan were convicted in federal court Tuesday to 30 months for possession with intent to distribute. Both admitted being involved in a high-speed chase in August, when Vargas struck a police vehicle lae in an escape attempt before being caught.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, ordered the power brownouts rolling Wednesday in San Marcos and throughout Texas, as part of a statewide response to the large power demand caused by winter cold.

Brownouts are a response to load pre-planned triggered by heavy power use. Rolling brownouts are controlled, temporary interruptions of electricity service, which lasts from 10 to 45 minutes per quarter.

“These voltage drops are made to avoid uncontrolled, widespread power outages across the state,” said Tom Taggart, director of public services.

Circuits feeding different sections of the city from three positions in San Marcos have been subjected to rolling brownouts. Traffic signals will be affected by brownouts and will be restored to normal function when reaction.

Residents are also reports of water service freezes their home systems, which may require the assistance of thaw or plumbers. The city has suspended meter reading to avoid freezing feet, Taggart said.

If people lose power, it should be restored in about 45 minutes. If the power is more than an hour, customers can call 512-393-8313 for assistance.

Electric Reliability Council of Texas has ordered utilities to begin rotating power cuts to offset a shortage of electricity due to the extremely cold weather.

The order took effect Wednesday morning, a day after an ice storm and snow-blanketed parts of Texas.

Consumers and businesses are encouraged to reduce their electricity use. ERCOT had no timetable for when rotating blackouts would end.

TheERCOT region includes Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi, Abilene, and the Rio Grande Valley.ERCOT manages the flow of electricity to approximately 22 million customers in Texas.

Rotating blackouts are defined as “controlled, temporary interruptions of electricity service and usually last from 10 to 45 minutes per quarter.”

Customers need critics, such as hospitals and nursing homes, are generally excluded from failures. for online ERCOT, which operates the power grid in much of Texas, imposed on power outages due to the loss of several power plants during the night during an ice storm Wednesday, a spokesman said ERCOT.

She could not say when the blackouts would end. The network operator urged consumers to reduce their energy consumption.
Electricity traders said that prices were ERCOT Hourly $ 2,000 per megawatt-hour, 50 cons and where he usually negotiated. (Reporting by Scott DiSavino, edited by John Picinich)

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