People in Texas are being asked to not use their air conditioning during this extreme heatwave.
They have been asked by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) to not use their AC and to conserve as much energy as possible...
Despite residents experiencing extreme heat.
ERCOT has asked residents to "reduce electric use as much as possible" by setting thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, unplugging unused devices and avoiding using large electric appliances, like pool pumps and washing machines," CBS reports.
ERCOT....is it crack?!? Cause who in the hell u think is doing this pic.twitter.com/5CoMNWJBXX— 🌻💙@TheShotBully💙🌻 (@MiiSS_JAZZY_B) June 15, 2021
Their request comes as power supplies across the state are low due to many forced generation outages and record demand.
As per CBS, Woody Rickerson, ERCOT vice president of grid planning and operations, said in a statement:
Ercot: Our power grids are simply not capable of handling the cold.— LexiWhereThisGoes (@SynthLexic) June 14, 2021
Also Ercot: Our power grids are simply not capable of handling the heat.
God I hate this state#TexasDeservesBetter
"We will be conducting a thorough analysis with generation owners to determine why so many units are out of service. This is unusual for this early in the summer season."
The eye-opening request comes just months after Texas experienced cold weather so severe it was deemed one of the worst natural disasters in the states history.
The cold weather caused ERCOT to suffer system failures which saw wind turbines frozen and limited supplies of natural gas.
During that difficult time back in February, ERCOT was forced to shut down power for millions of homes for days.
Ted Cruz might use this #ERCOT power crisis to go down to EPCOT and demand answers, and no I did not spell ERCOT wrong that second time. (It's just that, when Texas is in trouble, Ted Cruz goes on fun family vacations.)— Mr. Newberger (@jeremynewberger) June 14, 2021
Eventually, the lack of power caused more than 100 deaths, many of which were because of hypothermia.
And, just to add the cherry on top of the cake, Texas senator Ted Crus decided to escape the devastation by taking a beach vacation in Cancun, Mexico.
Let's hope the people of Texas will manage to find ways to stay cool during these unbearable temperatures!