Austinites are experiencing hours-long power outages in all parts of the city as Austin Energy conducts rotating blackouts, after an abundance of energy was being used across the state to combat the winter storm. Power outages began early Monday morning and were expected for 40 minutes or less, but many residents have reported going without power for longer.
"People don't have power because there is not power to send them," Austin Mayor Steve Adler told CBS Austin on Monday morning. "Everyone needs to conserve power."
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas says rolling outages are necessary to curb energy demand. Austin energy reports that 195,996 customers—or about 38.25%—are without power, with 298 active outages, as of 9:27 a.m. For a full map of outages, click here.
"Electric load must be reduced in order to fully restore service across the (state's power) grid," Austin Energy tweeted at 7:15 a.m. The utility is asking customers who still have power to help the grid by conserving energy, such as by:
- Turning down thermostats to 68 degrees or lower
- Open blinds and shades to take advantage of the sun's natural heat during the day
- Turn off and unplug non-essential lights and appliances
- Avoid using large appliances, such as ovens and washing machines
Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.
There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.
All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.
🗓 All weekend
Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities
All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park
This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.
6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.
10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park
Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.
Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.
11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway