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Equipment failures leave thousands in Burleson in the dark; conservation alert in effect

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Thousands of customers lost power after an equipment failure at two North Texas power plants Monday.

At least 5,000 homes and businesses in Burleson spent part of the day in the dark.

No electricity and freezing temperatures made for a long and cold day for those waiting for the heat and lights to come back on.

The affected plants are back online, but about 200 customers are still without power across North Texas.

ERCOT, the agency that regulates Texas' power, says high demand put a strain on the state power grid Monday morning. With the extra demand from heaters and appliances, ERCOT says the reserve supply dipped below three percent.

An emergency alert was issued, but ERCOT said conditions returned to normal before widespread rolling blackouts became necessary.

Burleson and the Red Cross will open an emergency shelter Monday night for people in that city without power.

ERCOT officials said Monday night that conditions have improved, but they still need people to cut back.

"We are still under a conservation alert and are asking people certainly to use power wisely to make sure we have plenty available," said Robbie Searcy.

Searcy also advised customers to avoid using large appliances until after 9 a.m. and set their thermostats at the lowest temperature that's comfortable.


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