A Message from Mayor Paschall
I know that many of you are frustrated with the rolling electrical blackouts and outages that the citizens of Weatherford are experiencing. My family and I are enduring exactly the same. The strength and longevity of the current weather event has caused difficulty for many in our community. I am deeply sorry the challenges that each of you are facing in your homes and businesses.
The current weather has created overwhelming demand on the electrical grid and has caused mechanical failures across the entire State of Texas. The disruptions are due to fuel shortages, grid overload and mechanical failures within the ERCOT system. Simply stated, the system that ERCOT has designed and maintains has not performed adequately. The City of Weatherford is bound to comply with the ERCOT requests for demand reduction and to the level they require. The beginning or end of the rolling blackouts is not a local decision made by the City of Weatherford.
Most people will experience these rolling blackouts, but some customers living within an area with critical infrastructure (hospital, nursing homes, etc.) may not be affected. Rolling blackouts are intended to last approximately 30 minutes and will continue until ERCOT cancels the energy emergency alert. Affected customers may experience repeated outages every other 30 minutes.
I have included information and links to assist in navigation of information and options that are available to assist our citizens during this trying time.
For up-to-date information on the ERCOT grid, tips on how to conserve energy or to track electricity supply & demand in Texas click HERE.
If Utility Assistance is needed, separate from rolling blackouts, click HERE.
We are taking all steps possible to resolve this matter immediately. Our goal is to return each of you to warm homes and operable businesses as soon as possible. Please continue to stay calm, check on your neighbors and take care of each other. Those that are in a critical situation need our prayers.
City of Weatherford
UPDATE 2.18.21 10:28 AM
The City of Weatherford has received numerous comments and questions regarding power/water.
Please remember that our messages are for City of Weatherford utility customers only.
Customers of Oncor, Tri-County, etc. will need to check with those providers for status updates or outages in their area.
We will continue posting updates as the situation develops as well as on our Agency Account on Nextdoor, City Facebook Pages, City Instagram and Twitter Accounts as well as utilizing Blackboard to send out notices to residents and employees.
City of Weatherford offices will be open tomorrow, February 19 for normal business hours.
The City of Weatherford has been notified by The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) to suspend rolling blackouts.
All power has been restored.
We encourage everyone to conserve power while the system continues to recover. If necessary, ERCOT could re-instate rolling blackouts.
The City of Weatherford is aware that some surrounding cities have issued boil water notices to their customers due to issues caused by power outages. The City of Weatherford Water Utility has been fortunate to have been able to maintain water service, and City of Weatherford water customers are not under a boil water notice.
Due to the landfill being closed, the City of Weatherford will not be able to collect trash tomorrow, Friday, February 19 and Saturday, February 20. Services will resume on Monday according the to regularly scheduled pick-up days.
Parker County and the all of the Parker County Cities have continued to work together to open a 2nd warming center, for Parker County residents, in response to statewide power outages due to this winter storm. If you or someone you know needs to get warm and/or charge their phone. Please get the following information to them.
In order to be admitted,
1. Visiting individuals MUST need to abide by health guidelines by wearing a mask and social distancing.
2. Pets are permitted but must be on a leash or in a carrier. No aggressive animals will be allowed.
3. Visitors MUST bring their own blankets and snacks. No food will be available.
Bathroom facilities are available. No other services are available at this site. This center is for individuals needing to get warm and charge their phones.
The location of the warming centers are:
Hudson Oaks Site is now closed.
Weatherford Site at WISD 9th Grade Center is now closed.
Christ Chapel in Willow Park Upper Level: 3906 IH-20 East Service Road Access Willow Park 76087. PETS IN CRATES ONLY. Hours of operation for this center are all day today thru 8AM Wednesday morning and a decision will be made to extend operations as needed.
The Church at Azle 1801 South Stewart Street Azle, TX 76020. PETS IN CRATES ONLY. Hours of operation for this center are NOON today thru 8AM Wednesday morning and a decision will be made to extend operations as needed.
The First Baptist Church Springtown 500 N Main St, Springtown, TX 76082 Hours of operation for this center are all day today thru 8AM Thursday morning and a decision will be made to extend operations as needed.
The Hilltop Church Springtown 1227 Old Cottondale Rd, Springtown, TX 76082. No Pets. Hours of operation for this center are all day today thru 8AM Thursday morning and a decision will be made to extend operations as needed.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has issued an Energy Emergency Alert and has requested electric utilities to begin rolling blackouts. Everyone is encouraged to delay any unnecessary use of electricity until this emergency has passed. Rolling blackouts are intended to last approximately 15 minutes and will continue until the Electric Reliability Council of Texas cancels the energy emergency alert. ERCOT encourages customers without power for longer than 30 minutes to report outages by contacting the City of Weatherford at 817-598-4257 OPT 4.
ERCOT Energy Emergency Alert (EEA) Updates
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) manages the flow of electricity throughout most of Texas, including the City of Weatherford. During extreme cold weather conditions, customer demand for electricity could make power supplies tight. If this happens, ERCOT may issue Energy Emergency Alerts (EEA) this to maintain electric grid reliability.
Depending on the alert level, Texans may be asked to voluntarily conserve energy, or ERCOT may utilize other resources to balance the supply and demand of power on the grid. These steps will help ERCOT to avoid rotating power outages.
If ERCOT determines that rotating outages are necessary, the City of Weatherford and other utilities across Texas will be mandated to shed load by turning off power to groups of customers for short periods of time. This will continue until ERCOT notifies utilities that the power supply is adequate and stable.
At the City of Weatherford, employees work around the clock to help support the grid, and are prepared to take action should ERCOT issue an alert.
EEA updates are posted below.
UPDATE - February 18, 2021 - 8:20 AM
Majority of customers are able to be restored, but electric companies still restoring outages in the field
AUSTIN, TX, Feb. 18, 2021 – The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has made significant progress overnight restoring customer power, although some outages still remain throughout the state.
Energy emergency conditions remain as the grid operator and transmission owners work to restore the remaining customers that are without power.
"We’re to the point in the load restoration where we are allowing transmission owners to bring back any load they can related to this load shed event," said ERCOT Senior Director of System Operations Dan Woodfin. "We will keep working around the clock until every single customer has their power back on."
Customers that remain without power likely fall into one of these three categories:
- Areas out due to ice storm damage on the distribution system
- Areas that were taken out of service due to the energy emergency load shed that need to be restored manually (i.e., sending a crew to the location to reenergize the line)
- Large industrial facilities that voluntarily went offline to help during this energy emergency
- Transmission owners are assessing how many customers are affected at this time.
While there is no additional load shed occurring at this time, a little over 40,000 MW of generation remains on forced outage due to this winter weather event. Of that, 23,500 MW is thermal generation and the rest is wind and solar. It is possible that some level of rotating outages may be needed over the next couple of days to keep the grid stable.
UPDATE - 6:32 PM
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has issued an Energy Emergency Alert and has requested electric utilities to continue rolling blackouts. ERCOT sets the amount of energy load that utilities must reduce, which can change rapidly based on overall energy demand and supply. Everyone is encouraged to continue to reduce energy consumption, reduce your thermostat to 68 degrees or lower, and delay unnecessary use of electricity until this emergency has passed. Rolling blackouts are intended to last approximately 30 minutes and will continue until ERCOT cancels the energy emergency alert. Affected customers may experience repeated outages every other 30 minutes. If you are experiencing a rolling blackout, there is no need to call to report your outage unless you have been without power for more than 60 minutes.
UPDATE (2:04 PM)
We have received numerous messages asking how the rolling blackouts are conducted within the City of Weatherford. ERCOT has mandated that all electric providers institute rolling blackouts to ensure grid stability. We are trying to minimize the impact of the rolling blackouts. At this time, ERCOT has not indicated when the required rolling blackouts will end. Most people will experience these rolling blackouts, but some customers living within an area with critical infrastructure (hospital, nursing homes, etc.) may not be affected. This is a statewide issue that the City of Weatherford has no control over. This is a difficult time across the state. We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding.
Feb. 15, 2020 - 1:27 a.m.
ERCOT has declared an EEA 3.
Energy conservation is critical. Rotating outages are underway to reduce demand on the electric system. We urge Texans to put safety first during this time. Traffic lights and other infrastructure may be temporarily without power.
Feb. 15, 2020 - 1:10 a.m.
ERCOT has declared an EEA 2.
Consumers are urged to reduce electricity use. Rotating outages may be needed to protect the system.
Feb. 15, 2021 - 12:20 a.m.
ERCOT has declared an EEA 1.
Energy conservation is needed. There are no rotating outages at this time.
Feb. 14, 2021 - 8:45 a.m.
AUSTIN, TX, Feb. 14, 2021 – The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is asking consumers and businesses to reduce their electricity use as much as possible Sunday, Feb. 14 through Tuesday, Feb. 16.
“We are experiencing record-breaking electric demand due to the extreme cold temperatures that have gripped Texas,” said ERCOT President and CEO Bill Magness. “At the same time, we are dealing with higher-than-normal generation outages due to frozen wind turbines and limited natural gas supplies available to generating units. We are asking Texans to take some simple, safe steps to lower their energy use during this time.”
Here are some tips to reduce electricity use:
• Turn down thermostats to 68-degrees.
• Close shades and blinds to reduce the amount of heat lost through windows.
• Turn off and unplug non-essential lights and appliances.
• Avoid using large appliances (i.e., ovens, washing machines, etc.).
• Businesses should minimize the use of electric lighting and electricity-consuming equipment as much as possible.
• Large consumers of electricity should consider shutting down or reducing non-essential production processes.
Given the prolonged, below-freezing temperatures, conservation measures should be implemented safely and within reason.
ERCOT has the tools and procedures in place to maintain a reliable electric system during tight grid conditions. If power reserves drop too low, ERCOT may need to declare an Energy Emergency Alert, or EEA. Declaring an EEA allows the grid operator to take advantage of additional resources that are only available during scarcity conditions. There are three levels of EEA, and rotating outages are only implemented as a last resort to maintain reliability of the electric system.
Click here for more information on ERCOT’s emergency procedures during tight grid conditions.
Click here for more information on the additional tools and resources available to ERCOT when it declares an EEA.
How to track electricity demand
• View daily peak demand forecast, current load and available generation on ERCOT.com
• Follow ERCOT on Twitter (@ERCOT_ISO)
• Sign up for the ERCOT mobile app (available for download at the Apple App Store and Google Play).
Public Utility Commission of Texas Hotline – 1-888-782-8477.