(Last updated: February 18, 1:30 p.m.)
As of Thursday, February 18, approximately 640,000 Texans remain without power amidst strong winter weather and freezing temperatures. For many households, this is the third straight day without electricity.
In a statement released Thursday, Dan Woodfin, ERCOT senior director of system operations, said, “We’re to the point in the load restoration where we are allowing transmission owners to bring back any load they can relate to this load shed event. We will keep working around the clock until every single customer has their power back on.”
ERCOT’s statement identified three categories of power customers that may still be without power, including:
- Areas where the distribution system has been damaged by ice.
- Areas that were taken out of service due to high energy demand and that need to be restored manually.
- Large industrial facilities that went offline voluntarily to help with the spike in energy demand.
About 40,000 MW of power remain offline due to forced outages. ERCOT warns the rotating power outages may continue over the next few days.