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Several area outages due to cold snap

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AEP Texas is reporting three outage cases in Victoria affecting 83 customers. Customers with concerns can call 1-361-573-2428.

AEP Texas shows areas closer to Laredo with more serious issues overnight:

AEP Texas crews worked through the night on service restoration efforts in Laredo. As of 5:45 a.m. Wednesday morning, approximately 820 customers remained without power as compared to 5,900 at the peak of the winter storm on Monday, Jan. 1.

In the Rio Grande Valley, approximately 1,000 customers were without power as of 5:45 a.m., predominantly in the Edinburg and Mission areas.

Early Wednesday morning, workers in Laredo completed energizing and testing the mobile substation delivered on Tuesday to the Del Mar Substation. The purpose of the mobile substation is to address electric capacity issues as power is restored to groups of customers. Previously, AEP Texas projected that the mobile substation would begin operating at 11 p.m. on Tuesday. Difficulties in relocating the mobile substation delayed efforts to energize the equipment and begin operations. The unit was energized at 5 a.m.

The process of restoring remaining customers is now under way. AEP Texas will issue a revised estimated restoration time projection later this morning.

“Moving the mobile substation into place proved more difficult than we had anticipated,” said AEP Texas Manager of External Affairs Tony Arce. “In many areas the ground is muddy and soft due to rain and freezing temperatures, which made moving the unit to the Del Mar Substation more time consuming than we had projected.”

Customers who are still without power or lose power today are asked to switch off their large appliances such as the heating and a/c systems, dishwashers, washing machines and dryers. Taking this action will reduce the possibility that breakers will trip again as power is restored to groups of customers in the current cold weather.

In the meantime, AEP Texas continues to request conservation measures today especially between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. in Laredo and the Rio Grande Valley. The request is based on challenges in restoration of service following distribution outages in both areas.

Customers are asked to take the following measures:

- Set thermostats at 68 degrees or cooler; so, heating/air conditioning systems are not using as much electricity. 
- Close blinds and curtains to keep heat inside. 
- Delay use of large appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines and dryers. 
- Turn off lights in rooms not being used.

The request for conservation from AEP Texas is prompted by cold load issues associated with restoration of service following a series of distribution outages caused by the current weather conditions and was not prompted by a Bulk Electric System Emergency directive from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).

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No major roadway issues right now, but to check on Texas roadways call 1-800-452-9292. 

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