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How to know the difference between a local power outage and rolling blackouts

(Eddie Gaspar/The Texas Tribune)

Last week, Texans were asked twice to voluntarily conserve energy at home as record demand put stress on the power grid.

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Texans asked to conserve energy to protect the power grid for the second time in a week


By Mitchell Ferman

For the second time this week, the state’s power grid operator is asking Texans to turn up their thermostats to 78 degrees on Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and to avoid using large appliances during that time as it expects record-high demand for power amid ongoing scorching temperatures.

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Record-breaking heat continues to threaten ERCOT capacity. Should Austinites be worried about their power this summer?

(Austin Energy)

Power demand is forecast to push within 600 megawatts of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas' capacity Friday afternoon as a record month of heat continues.

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