TYLER, TX (KLTV) – With temperatures climbing close to the triple digits, more people are pushing their air conditioners to the max.
With it getting so hot so soon in the summer, many are wondering if the power grid could get overworked like it did a few months ago when Tyler faced record cold conditions.
Energy officials weigh in to talk about what’s being done to keep air conditioners blowing and tempers from flaming.
“They had some freezing problems. Just some mechanical issues, and those power plants started tripping offline,” says Charles Hill of Oncor, referring to February’s freezing temperatures.
That’s when the Electric Reliability Council of Texas told Oncor to initiate rolling blackouts. Hill says the blackouts were necessary to prevent a complete overload.
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