A winter storm watch is in effect for South Central Texas beginning late Monday. A potential wintry mix is expected to blanket CPS Energy’s service territory Monday night through Tuesday evening. According to the National Weather Service, a chance for ice and sleet accumulation is likely for all of Tuesday, January 16. Freezing temperatures and precipitation could result in icy conditions for San Antonians and possible power outages.
CPS Energy crews are on stand-by and prepared to respond to its customers. “We are monitoring the weather and temperature and our skilled crews are prepared to respond to all reports of power outages,” said Rudy Garza, Sr. VP of Distribution Services & Operations. “With freezing temperatures and drizzle, the potential for outages is likely due to ice building up on power lines and tree limbs resulting in an increase of downed power lines.”
Extreme cold weather conditions across the state could require additional measures to ensure sufficient power generation capacity. CPS Energy could implement their voluntary Demand Response program. Demand response is a load curtailment program initiated by utilities to reduce high energy demand during extreme temperatures.
CPS Energy is offering these tips to customers to help them stay warm and safe:
- Keep thermostat set between 68-70 degrees.
- Avoid using large energy consuming appliances between the hours of 3 p.m.- 7 p.m.
- Bundle up: Wearing warm, comfortable clothing is the easiest and least expensive way to stay warm indoors.
- Reverse the direction of ceiling fans: Run ceiling fans in reverse to push hot air down.
- Close curtains: Close curtains and lower blinds to prevent heat from escaping. This will provide an extra barrier to heat loss and helps add insulation and reduce drafts.
- Make sure cell phones, tablets and laptops are fully charged.
- Do not use a gas or electric oven or stove top for heating.
- Gather essential supplies needed during an outage, including flashlight, batteries, bottled water, medication and a first aid kit.
- Report unsafe situations: stay away from any downed power lines and report them immediately by calling CPS Energy at 210-353-HELP (4357).
For additional safety tips, please visit https://cpse.news/2CneIMF.