Staff Report
The Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Electric Reliability Council of Texas has ordered an end to the rolling electrical outages.

Dallas television station WFAA reports that the agency that supervises electrical power distribution in Texas has halted the blackouts which began Wednesday morning, a day after an ice and snow storm blanketed parts of Texas.

Consumers and businesses were being urged to reduce their electricity use.

The ERCOT region includes Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi, Abilene and the Rio Grande Valley. ERCOT manages the flow of electricity to about 22 million Texas customers.