CenterPoint initially stated the temporary outages could last 15 minutes to more than an hour, but soon after updated its statement that customers currently experiencing outages should expect to be without power for at least the remainder of Monday.
This morning, conditions for power generation were, & continue to be, very serious; @ERCOT_ISO needs electric companies to reduce their load at a higher level & longer than they originally thought, which in turn is resulting in longer outages for customers. #houwx #hounews 4/10— CenterPoint Energy (@CNPalerts) February 15, 2021
Some customers report being without power for more than 20 hours as of Monday night, and there doesn't seem to be any relief in sight.
With Texas electricity consumption far surpassing the state’s current power generation, local controlled outages will be longer than previously planned. Customers currently experiencing an outage should be prepared to be without power for at least the rest of today. #houwx 1/5 pic.twitter.com/V6j9e1GCHB— CenterPoint Energy (@CNPalerts) February 15, 2021
CenterPoint Energy's online outage tracker map was restored late Monday evening. At about 9:45 p.m., it showed more than 1.4M customers without lights.
CenterPoint stated customers still with power are asked to conserve power as much as possible to assist with stabilizing the state's power grid.
"We know this is a very difficult situation for our customers, but we are doing our part, based on [ERCOT's] directive, to reach a power supply and demand balance across the state," CenterPoint Energy stated on Twitter. CenterPoint's outage tracker was unavailable as of publication, but according to PowerOutage.US, a website that tracks the outages of electricity providers, more than 96,000 CenterPoint customers were without power as of 9:29 a.m. Feb. 15.
As the outages continue, officials are reminding people not to call 911 or the non-emergency number to report power outages.
Power Outages: We're asking that you DO NOT call 911 or our non-emergency number to report power outages. ONLY call 911 for life-threatening emergencies. Please try & conserve power if yours is not out. The TX electric system is facing an unprecedented power shortage situation pic.twitter.com/CUHYJtUeBc— FBCSO Texas (@FBCSO) February 15, 2021
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