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ERCOT asks for power conservation through Tuesday morning

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ERCOT, the group responsible for managing the state's power grid, has extended its conservation alert until Tuesday morning due to the winter weather.

Texans are asked to limit use of large appliances and lower thermostats as low as possible through 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

"With the continued cold weather, we expect conditions to remain tight, especially during the early evening tonight and early morning hours tomorrow," said Dan Woodfin, ERCOT director of System Operations.

Peak demand reached 54,549 megawatts on Monday morning.

ERCOT said it was able to manage Monday's electricity demand. But, as temperatures drop below freezing again on Monday night, it expects more people to use their heat and electricity.

"We have asked all available generation units to remain available, but we believe conservation by consumers also will be necessary," Woodfin said.

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