Entergy Texas Prepared for Winter Weather
Entergy Texas, Inc. is prepared to respond to any outages in Southeast Texas that could be caused by the winter weather system that is moving into the area today.
The National Weather Service is calling for a winter storm system sweeping across the United States to affect Southeast Texas today and Friday with freezing weather and winter storms.
“The weather system is dynamic. Freezing rain
and ice accumulation can pose a significant threat to an electric
system,” said Shawn Corkran, director of transmission and distribution
for Entergy Texas. “We’re leaving nothing to chance. Our crews are
prepared if severe weather strikes.”
Corkran said the company is holding over contract crews brought in earlier this week when a cold front came through with high winds and rain, causing power outages
throughout the area. Those crews will remain on hand through the
current winter weather event to assist in any restoration efforts. And
thanks to the company’s strong relationships within the industry, there
are also other resources that can be brought in if necessary, he said.
officials have been working with the company’s weather vendors in
advance of the storm to better understand the potential risk and
planning which work will be done first following a storm, Entergy Texas
places top priority on restoring service to facilities considered
critical. These include hospitals, fire stations,
police departments and other public facilities. After critical
infrastructure has been restored, crews do the work that will get the
largest numbers of customers on as quickly as possible.
Entergy Texas urges customers to monitor the storm and prepare to implement their own storm plans if needed.
The cold temperatures will also drive increased electricity usage.As in any severe weather event,
Entergy also encourages customers to conserve energy. Some ways to
conserve include taking steps such as adjusting your thermostat to 68
degrees. This saves electricity and helps lower your utility bill.
If outages occur that may include downed power lines, Entergy Texasurges all customers to report it by calling 1-800 9OUTAGE (1-800 968-8243)
toll free. Remember that live wires can be deadly, so stay away from
downed power lines. Storm preparedness tips and much more information
is available at the company’s website, entergytexas.com.
online services available are My Account Anywhere and View Outages. My
Account Anywhere lets customers send and receive text information about
power outages through their cell phones. Customers can also receive
alerts about outages at their homes and businesses. To use the service,
customers must register a cell phone number to their Entergy Texas
account. Registration is simple. From any text-capable cell phone, send
the message “reg” (without quotes) to 368374. The system will respond
and ask for an Entergy account number and ZIP code. Anyone with
Internet access can go to entergytexas.com and click on “View Outages”and
see where outages are occurring down to the street level. Customers can
also get storm-related information by following Entergy Texas’ Twitter account: @EntergyMediaTX.
Entergy Texas provides electricity to more than 400,000 customers in 27 counties. It is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation. Entergy Corp. is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants
with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity,
and it is the second-largest nuclear generator in the United States.
Entergy delivers electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in
Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.