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Electric Reliability Council of Texas says to reduce electricity usage in peak hours

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(July 18, 2011)--The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), operator of the state's bulk transmission grid, asks everyone to reduce electricity use during peak hours from 3 to 7 p.m. UTSA is doing its part by saving 2.5 megawatts (MW) per day by using a natural gas generator and by raising thermostats two degrees across the Tri-Campus community.

The appeal to reduce electricity use comes with the extreme heat and rising demand for electricity for air conditioning. A new record for peak electricity demand in July was set Thursday, July 14 with 64,226 MW.

According to Kent Saathoff, vice president of grid operations and system planning, "We are expecting the statewide power supplies to be very tight over peak today, primarily due to the forecast for continued temperature extremes which causes higher-than-normal electricity use and because of unexpected unit outages."

Other conservation tips from ERCOT include:

  • Turn off unnecessary lights.
  • Avoid opening refrigerators or freezers more than necessary.
  • When away from home, turn off fans and set air conditioning thermostats to 85 degrees.
  • Refrain from using your dishwasher, laundry equipment, coffee makers, hair dryers or other electrical home appliances during the peak hours of 3-7 p.m.

For more energy conservation tips, visit the UTSA Facilities website.

For information about power outages at homes or business and rotating outage procedures for their areas, consumers can contact their utility company.

 

 

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Football standouts make Roadrunner history

For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.

Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.

Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.

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