UPDATE: Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.
Officials with Oncor said in a news release their energy customers should prepare for extended outages to continue due to poor grid conditions.
Officials win Oncor again provided no timetable for restoration of power for millions of Texans, thousands of which remain without power in Texoma.
The news release issued on Tuesday morning said Oncor has been directed by ERCOT to drop power load through maintained controlled outages.
Officials said while some outages were able to be rotated overnight, leading to the restoration of power for some, poor grid conditions have continued to prevent them from rotating or rolling the entirety of these outages, leading to extended periods without power for many customers.
Officials also said crews are working to restore equipment damaged by winter storms, and crews from out-of-state are relocating from areas with limited damage to areas with more damage to make repairs quickly and safely.
The news release also stated Oncor is ready to deliver power as soon as electric generators are able to provide it.
“As soon as enough generation is available, we will return to a regular cadence of rotating outages with the goal of providing any temporary relief that we can for those who have been without power the longest,” the statement said.
UPDATE: Monday, February 15, 2021 at 4:28 p.m.
Oncor is now reporting customers in the Wichita Falls area experiencing power outages have declined from around 20,000 about 11 a.m. Monday morning to under 6,000 at 4 p.m.
However, Oncor is warning customers to be prepared for extended outages into Tuesday.
They also urge users to conserve power as much as possible by turning off unnecessary lights and not running large appliances such as washing machines, dryers, and dishwashers.
UPDATE: Monday, February 15, 2021 at 1:44 p.m.
Officials with Oncor released an emergency update Monday afternoon, asking all Oncor customers to be prepared to potentially be without power until Tuesday.
In a press release, Oncor officials said the Electric Reliability Council of Texas has requested Oncor and utilities across the state to implement controlled power outages to reduce high demand and protect the integrity of the electric grid.
The length of these controlled outages has been significantly extended due to the current emergency grid conditions and severe cold weather.
These outages are taking place across the service territory and ERCOT has said they could be required through Tuesday.
According to the press release, Oncor customers to be prepared to be without power for an extended period of time.
Oncor officials said their crews continue to make repairs from the storm and that they are doing everything possible to respond to each power emergency event.
Please find the full release from Oncor below:
WICHITA COUNTY (KFDX/KJTL) — Thousands of Wichita County residents remain without power as sub-freezing temperatures are expected to continue for several more days.
Oncor announced on their Twitter account that their expected “rolling blackout” times of 15-45 minutes have been “significantly extended”.
A later tweet on Oncor’s account said the times of power restoration are unknown, reiterating that outages could last for hours.
According to viewer reports, some areas in Wichita Falls have been without power since around 3 a.m. Monday morning.
Lindsay Barker with the City of Wichita Falls said there are currently not any warming centers open, but the emergency preparedness coordinator is monitoring the situation closely.
According to Wichita County Judge Woody Gossom, those in need should reach out to Faith Mission (for men and families) or Faith Refuge (for women) in case of an emergency.
Texoma Power Outages
Information listed below provided by PowerOutages.us and will be updated throughout the day.
Wichita County — 14,161 outages (23.17%)
- Oncor — 14,161 outages
Archer County — 2,284 outages (45.69%)
- Oncor — 2,284 outages
Clay County — 1,239 outages (24.34%)
- Oncor — 1,237 outages
- Texas new Mexico Power — 2 outages
Baylor County — 605 outages (34.83%)
- Tri-County Electric Cooperative — 599 outages
- Oncor — 6 outages
Wilbarger County — 109 outages (1.37%)
- American Electric Power Texas — 109 outages
Montague County — 1,640 outages (13.37%)
- Cooke County Electric Cooperative Association — 1,094 outages
- Oncor — 253 outages
- Texas New Mexico Power — 223 outages
- Wise Electric Cooperative — 70 outages
Young County — 4,436 outages (52.87%)
- Oncor — 4,416 outages
- United Cooperative Services — 18 outages
- Texas New Mexico Power — 2 outages
Jack County — 352 outages (6.5%)
- Oncor — 351 outages
- Wise Electric Cooperative — 1 outage
Throckmorton County — 948 outages (93.12%)
- American Electric Power Texas — 933 outages
- Tri-County Electric Cooperative — 15 outages
Hardeman County — 598 outages (23.44%%)
- American Electric Power Texas — 598 outages
Foard County — 11 outages (1.02%)
- Tri-County Electric Cooperative — 11 outages