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Rolling power outages are in effect across the state of Texas as officials work to conserve as much electricity as possible during extreme cold and record demand on the grid.
Officials are asking Texans to conserve as much electricity as they can safely and reliably over the coming days as record-low temperatures are expected to plunge the state further into a dangerous winter storm. Many of you may have already experienced rolling blackouts due to the power strain. Here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to help you navigate through the process.
Outages are expected to last anywhere between 15 minutes to 45 minutes but thousands have experienced no power for several hours. Officials say they are "necessary to maintain the reliability of the system."
ERCOT expects rotating outages to last throughout Monday morning and said they could be in place until the "weather emergency ends." The agency did not define what that would look like.
“Every grid operator and every electric company is fighting to restore power right now,” said ERCOT President and CEO Bill Magness.
Below is a breakdown of how the agency determines when to go into rotating outages.