An executive for a company that delivers power to Houston-area homes said at a news conference today that rolling blackouts aren’t a possibility due to a “generation shortfall” at the state’s power generation companies.
“We still don't have sufficient generation from the power generation companies to go to the rolling outages that we all may have expected to occur during this event,” said Jason Ryan, CenterPoint Energy senior vice president for regulatory services and government affairs.
Ryan said they have been able to transfer some outages across the CenterPoint system, but cautioned that they may not be able to continue with this practice.
“Today, we've been focusing on those customers who have beared the burden of this event from the beginning, starting at about 1:30 a.m. yesterday, and working through the list to transfer those outages to people who haven't yet sustained those outages,” Ryan said.
“We are transferring sustained outages across our system, as we have the power to do so which is important. We may not always have the power to do that. So, what should you expect whether you have power or not as we sit here right now, you should plan as if you may have sustained outages until this generation shortfall is over," he continued.
Ryan pleaded with residents who do have power to conserve as much as possible as the region continues to grapple with the after-effects of the storm and sustained outage.
“Every unit of power that you don't use helps one of your fellow Harris County citizens keep their power,” Ryan continued. “There is nothing too small that you can do. When you have 2.6 million homes and businesses, a small effort by everybody that has the power at this time to conserve makes a big difference.”