Texas narrowly avoided rotating power outages Thursday afternoon as state officials ordered several large industrial customers, mostly on the Gulf Coast, to shut down after electricity reserves dropped dangerously low.

“The condition on the grid rapidly declined this afternoon in a short period of time,” said Dottie Roark, a spokeswoman with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.

It was the first time this summer that ERCOT ordered a small group of industrial customers to shut off power to avoid rotating outages for other customers. Those industrial customers, mostly large plants, volunteer for power interruptions in exchange for lower rates.

Full article at the Austin American-Statesman