Rolling power outages reported in the Houston area during freezing temperatures

CenterPoint Energy has begun rolling out power outages amid freezing temperatures in the Houston region at the behest of state power regulators.

During the night, as temperatures dropped to teens, the Texas Electric Reliability Council declared a “state-wide energy production deficit situation” with the goal of conserving energy. Power consumption is rising due to households trying to stay warm during the winter storm.

The controlled interruptions started around 1am and are expected to last all morning. At least 10,500 customers across the state were taken offline, but twice were reported without power under CenterPoint Energy’s jurisdiction in Harris County, according to ERCOT estimates.

Nearly 60,000 households – about 20 percent of the service area – were without power in Montgomery County.

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CenterPoint’s power outage card was not available from 7 to check where the outcome was reported.

The initial blackout saved “enough power to serve approximately 2 million homes,” ERCOT officials said in a statement.

The power distributor in Houston warned that customers would start losing power as part of the plan to reduce the load. Disruptions were reported in the Pearland area and western Houston.

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