Q: Where are the rotating outages located?
During a rotating outages alert, Bluebonnet cuts power to “feeder” lines to reduce the demand for power. A feeder line is a section of power line that starts in a substation and can run for miles. The number of members who would experience that outage varies, depending on how many are on a given feeder line. After a length of time, they move to another feeder line and restore power.
Q: How long would it be necessary to have rotating outages?
That depends on how long it takes to stabilize the state’s electric grid, ensuring there is enough power generation to meet the consumers’ demand.
Q: How will I know what is going on?
You can look at our Facebook page or Twitter feed or our website, Bluebonnet.coop, for details. You can also follow ERCOT’s Facebook and Twitter pages, download ERCOT’s mobile app to your mobile device, or go to ercot.com for current statewide electric grid conditions. In the event of rotating outages, members with a cell phone on file enrolled in our Outage Alerts, will receive a series of text messages:
• Alerting member that we are beginning rotating outages
• Alerting member that we are aware of their outage
• Alerting member that their power has been restored
• Alerting member that rotating outages have ended
If your power is still out, please report the outage as usual: Call 800-949-4414, text OUT to 85700 (to register, text BBOUTAGE to that number), go to bluebonnet.coop or use our mobile app.
Q: Are rotating outages on a schedule?
During rotating outages, we temporarily cut power to segments of power line, depending on ERCOT requirements that are constantly changing. ERCOT determines the amount of demand needed to meet supply levels. We can't predict when a member will be out, or how many outages you will experience through the Energy Emergency Alert.
Freezing rain and ice can affect power lines. Ice buildup of half an inch can add up to 500 pounds of to a power line, leading the line to break, causing a power outage. Additional weight on equipment and tree limbs make them more reactive to wind gusts, which could snap lines and branches. Learn more about the risks of ice storms here.
With frigid temperatures, demand is high. Power must be restored incrementally and cautiously.
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