Relief is on the way for those without power, as the Electric Reliability Council of Texas on Wednesday directed Oncor and other utilities to begin restoring power previously dropped from the electric grid.
As a result of the increased generation and stable demand, Oncor has since been able to cease controlled, or rotating, outages.
"We are working around the clock to restore power to Texans," ERCOT President and CEO Bill Magness said Wednesday. "We made progress today, but it will not be good enough until every person has their power back."
Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday night said that about 1.6 million homes across Texas had power restored that day. He also said that current power generation is restoring an additional 200,000 homes every hour.
As of 5:30 a.m. this morning, there are approximately 150,000 remaining Oncor customers without power. This is a result of damage from Wednesday's winter storm, previous winter weather and storm damage that could not be identified until equipment was re-energized, and damage to electric equipment caused by record-breaking low temperatures.
“Our personnel will continue working 24/7 to restore power to these remaining customers,” a Facebok post on the Oncor page reads. “We recognize the hardships that this power emergency has caused for our customers and communities. We appreciate their patience as we awaited the return of electric generation and protected the Texas electric grid.”
Because of the large amounts of system activity surrounding power restoration, Oncor officials said they expect it will take some time for their tracking systems to accurately reflect the updates in their outage map. In addition, we will continue to follow the direction of ERCOT should electric generation change and immediately take steps to inform our customers of any updates.
"We’re at a point in the restoration where we’re going to keep energizing circuits as fast as we safely can until we run out of available generation," ERCOT Senior Director of System Operations Dan Woodfin said Wednesday night. "We hope to make significant progress overnight."
United Cooperative Services, which supplies power to more then 62,000 residents over 86,000 meters, on Wednesday urged their members to be vigilant in exercising conservation while they do have power so they can minimize the number of members who are without.
UCS officials said that circuits serving hospitals, natural gas well sites and compression infrastructure are not part of the rolling blackouts per ERCOT protocol.