ONCOR Announces Planned Power Outages Across Texas

Staff Report
The Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) - A utility that serves 7 million customers in Texas has begun electrical outages statewide in response to high demand following an ice storm.

ONCOR spokeswoman Jaeamy Molina says the structured outages began around 6 a.m. Wednesday, at 15-minute intervals. She says the planned outages are not considered blackouts.

Molina told The Associated Press that the Dallas-based utility is complying with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, which operates the electric grid and manages the deregulated market for 75 percent of Texas.

Molina had no time frame for when the outages would end, after Tuesday's storm that shut down schools across North Texas, dumped snow in the Panhandle and West Texas and iced runways at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.