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Posted on: February 17, 2021

Oncor Update: Grid Operator Continues to Restore Power; Continue to bring generation back online

(February 17, 2021 - 9 p.m.) EMERGENCY UPDATE: Grid operator continues to restore power; Electric companies continue to bring generation back online. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) continues to make progress on restoring power to the electric system.  Since this morning, ERCOT has been able to restore approximately 8,000 MW, which is about 1.6 million households. This afternoon, there was sufficient generation available to begin restoring 1,000 MW every hour. It is possible that by morning, as load increases, local utilities may be able to go back to rotating outages versus keeping power off for extended periods of time. As of 6 p.m., approximately 43,000 MW of generation has been forced off the system during this extreme winter weather event. Of that, 26,500 MW is thermal and nearly 17,000 MW is wind and solar.

(February 17, 2021) EMERGENCY UPDATE:  There continues to be a lack of available generation, and as a result, controlled outages remain in place as directed by
Electric Reliability Council of Texas
(ERCOT). Due to lowered power demand overnight, Oncor and other utilities were able to restore some of the previously dropped power load and increase our capability to rotate some outages throughout the territory. Even with this increased capability, we still have many customers who continue to experience extended outages. We continue to strive toward providing any temporary relief that we can for those who have been without power the longest as soon as enough generation is available. However, as we saw yesterday, low temperatures of the early morning and increased power demand may result in direction from ERCOT to once again reduce additional load. We will continue to take their direction as we focus on ensuring the integrity of the electric grid. 

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