ERCOT issues appeal to conserve power

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The Electric Reliability Council of Texas is asking Texans to conserve electricity after several power plants went off-line. Parts of the state are expected to be in the middle to upper 90s over the next few days.

Six power generation facilities went offline on Friday. That resulted in the loss of approximately 2,900 megawatts of electricity. ERCOT says all power generation resources available are operating.

ERCOT is asking people to set their home thermostats to 78 degrees or higher and to avoid using large appliances like washing machines or dryers between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

The state could hit a new peak demand for power during the month of May on Monday.

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