Navasota, TX – February 15, 2021
ERCOT continues to increase the amount we have to curtail, so the controlled outages will be more frequent until they inform us to stop.
What we are experiencing is an emergency procedure put into place by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) to protect the state’s power grid. Electric distribution utilities, like MidSouth, are required by ERCOT to conduct load-shedding procedures to prevent a catastrophic event to our entire power system across the state.
These rotating outages are staged at intervals of approximately 30 minutes at this time. We do not determine when the controlled outage requirements will conclude. We will continue to conduct the controlled outages until ERCOT notifies us to cease. We systematically go circuit by circuit across the entire system. Once we have gone through a complete cycle of our system, the controlled outage process will start over at the first circuits that were curtailed.
The purpose of having a controlled outage for 30 minutes is to prevent a catastrophic event in which the ERCOT grid could require hours, or possibly days, to come back to operational status.
ERCOT manages the flow of electric power to more than 26 million Texas consumers – representing 90 percent of the state’s electric load
Live Outage Viewer: http://outage.midsouthelectric.com:81/