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.