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Texas Power Outages: What to Expect


Joining us today via a zoom call was Lee Jones, Community Affairs Manager from AEP to explain some of the reason for the outages around the RGV today. You can also watch the zoom call below for more details. 

Currently, it is estimated that the following numbers of customers have been affected by the power outages and are currently without electricity,

  • Edinburg- 12,000 customers
  • Rio Grande Valley- 128, 000
  • Texas- 377,000

The cold temperatures have affected the power outages among other issues which continue to affect the power across homes in Texas. Lee explained how the cold weather affected the electrical outages in different ways such as cooling supply issues, inability to meet the demands, power plants going offline, among other issues due to the extreme cold weather.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) continues to request that AEP Texas and other electric utilities increase the amount of power removed from their systems. While these controlled outages are meant to be limited in duration, the condition of the system is requiring that they be in effect for a longer period.

If you are currently experiencing an outage, you will likely be out of power for an extended period of time while this state of emergency continues. It’s also important to note that with these controlled outages happening, they are currently rotating the power outage, meaning that people who have electricity today, might not have it the next day in order to avoid blackouts.

A concern continues about the smooth restoration of power when allowed by ERCOT.  If you lose power, turn off your heating, and large appliances to enable smoother service restoration. 

Once power is restored, you should switch the devices back on gradually over the following 30-to-45 minutes. Taking this step will help prevent a sudden surge in demand after power is restored, which could cause a second outage. Energy conservation measures are urgently needed now through Tuesday. 

Steps to help reduce electricity use include, and also conserve it if you currently have electricity:

  • Turn the thermostat down 2-to-3 degrees
  • Set programmable thermostats to lower temperatures when no one is home.
  • Limit use of large appliances (i.e., dishwasher, washer, dryer, etc.)
  • If you cook indoors from 2-to-8 p.m., use a microwave or slow cooker.
  • Close blinds and drapes during late afternoon. 

AEP Texas thanks everyone for their patience as we continue to respond this unprecedented power shortage caused by the extreme winter weather.  AEP Texas will provide additional information as it becomes available. 

 AEP Texas continues to work with ERCOT to address the situation; however, it is too early to project when the situation will ease and the number of outages will begin to decrease. Customers should be prepared to remain without power for at least the rest of the day.

For the meanwhile, please try to conserve your electricity if you have it, and we ask patience from residents who do not. You can monitor the status of your power outage at https://www.aeptexas.com/ where you can also report any power outages, sign up for outage alerts, via text messages or emails online. Or you can also contact them at (866) 223-8508.