News Flash

City News

Posted on: February 16, 2021

Pedernales Electric Cooperative Latest Message On Power Situation

pec 2

Message below from Pedernales Electric Cooperative.

PEC Members,

We understand many PEC members have been without power, some for an extended period of time. We understand the frustration this can cause. We want to explain the events that have required the majority of these outages. 

Like other electric utilities across Texas, PEC is complying with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas' (ERCOT) directive to implement service interruptions to ensure stability across the entire statewide grid. The demand for electricity on the ERCOT grid is currently greater than the supply of generated electricity. To protect the grid and ensure it remains stable, the demand is lessened in a controlled way. One way to lessen demand is to conserve electricity, and many of our members are graciously responding to these pleas. It's greatly appreciated! 

When demand cannot be adequately reduced through conservation and other measures, ERCOT can require that PEC reduce demand by a specific amount: 

  • The requirement to decrease demand can happen almost instantaneously, and ERCOT can change the amount of the required decrease, up or down, almost instantaneously. 
  • PEC interrupts service to different feeders across PEC's system for limited periods of time. This has the effect of turning off electricity to the homes and offices on those feeders. 
  • PEC "rotates" these interruptions, meaning that when one set of interruptions is restored, PEC will interrupt service on a different set of feeders; this ensures the same amount of load is interrupted each time, therefore keeping the same decreased demand on the system.

In addition to these interruptions, the extreme temperatures and icy winter weather have led to infrastructure damage across our 8,100 square mile service territory. The forecast says the Hill Country is in for another hard freeze overnight. These temperatures have created hazardous road conditions, particularly at night, that prevent our crews from restoring infrastructure power outages until conditions improve. Our lineworkers and other PEC employees have been working diligently around-the-clock to safely make restorations as quickly as possible. And we have made progress! But we know there are still members without power, and we are working to get everyone restored as quickly as is safely possible.

This combination of factors has made it difficult for PEC to provide the reliable electric service our members have always counted on. Unfortunately, it appears rotating service interruptions will continue until at least mid-day Wednesday at the earliest, or when the icy conditions start to dissipate. We ask our members to please bear with us as we work our hardest to restore power and resume normal operations as soon as possible.

If you have an outage, please do not to call 911 to report the outage; instead, call us directly at 888-883-3379, or visit PEC's SmartHub at pec.smarthub.coop. We are experiencing a record call level now, so if you do not get through please keep trying. Also, below, please see a number of common FAQs; we will add more to this list and post them on pec.coop

Providing our members with reliable power safely is our top priority. Our service crews and office personnel will continue to work safely around the clock on repairs and outages. We will not rest until all members have electric service. 

Thank you for your membership! 

The PEC Management and Operations Team

FAQs

  1. My street has been interrupted several times during this event, but the street next to our neighborhood has not been interrupted at all. Why is this happening?
     All available feeders on the PEC system are included on the list for rotating service interruptions. When ERCOT issues their orders to lower demand on our system, PEC determines the number of meters necessary to fulfill those orders. The feeders that rotate last on the list are the ones designated for critical care load or present health and safety concerns. Based on available information, PEC updates and maintains this list on a regular basis using the Public Utility Commission's rules as a guideline.
  2. I heard that the rotating service interruptions were supposed to be 20-40 minutes in length. My power has been out for an extended period of time. Why is this happening?
     "20-40 minutes" is a standard outage during "normal" load shed situations. The extreme situation we find ourselves in is requiring longer outages with more frequency in order to achieve the required demand reduction on our system. We are trying to reduce the length of these outages while continuing to balance the required reductions as directed by ERCOT. PEC members are not the only ones impacted by these longer service interruptions; this is happening to power users across the state, including PEC employees. 
  3. We were out of power in my subdivision and the PEC crew was sitting in their trucks after they finished the repairs, but they didn't turn the power on for another 20 minutes. Why did that happen? 
     The crew was waiting for a dispatch order telling them it was clear to restore power to the subdivision. When we add load to the system, such as when we restore a subdivision, other load must be interrupted so that we stay under our required reductions as directed by ERCOT. This controlled restoration process helps maintain grid stability; all other electric utilities across Texas are facing the same situation as PEC. 

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in City News

B Redmon

Buda Selects New Finance Director

Posted on: September 1, 2021
image of splash pad at city park, text City Park Splash pad closed today

Buda City Park Splash Pad Closed

Posted on: May 31, 2021
image of field of bluebonnets during a sunset text Air Quality Awareness Week

Air Quality Awareness Week

Posted on: May 7, 2021
City of Buda employees celebrate after a sand volleyball game

Public Service Recognition Week

Posted on: May 6, 2021
Water Leak Adjustment Form

Water Leak Adjustment Form

Posted on: February 25, 2021
MISSION BUDA CARES

Mission Buda Cares

Posted on: February 25, 2021

Goforth SUD Boil Water Notice Lifted

Posted on: February 23, 2021
Copy of Add a subheading (18)

TDS Service Alert - Monday, Feb. 22

Posted on: February 22, 2021
WaterSmart

Water Smart Customer Portal

Posted on: February 19, 2021
CONSERVE WATER

PLEASE CONSERVE WATER!

Posted on: February 18, 2021
Water Update Feb. 17 - 2_20 PM (2)

Water Update for Those East of Onion Creek

Posted on: February 18, 2021
Add a heading (34)

Tips for Frozen Pipes

Posted on: February 17, 2021
pec 2

Power Update - Feb. 17 - 10:30 AM

Posted on: February 17, 2021
Pedernales Electric Cooperative

Electric Update

Posted on: February 15, 2021
CONSERVE WATER

Water Alert: Please Conserve Water

Posted on: February 15, 2021
Add a subheading (24)

Texas Disposal Systems Alert

Posted on: February 14, 2021
SLIPPERY SIDWALKS, DRIVEWAYS, ETC.

Slippery Sidewalks and Surfaces

Posted on: February 14, 2021
Winter Weather Blog

Winter Weather Blog

Posted on: February 14, 2021
Add a subheading (23)

Road Conditions/Driving Tips

Posted on: February 13, 2021
Untitled design (79)

Winter Weather Tips

Posted on: February 12, 2021
Untitled design (80)

Winter Weather Forecast

Posted on: February 12, 2021
City of Buda Solid Waste Survey

City of Buda Solid Waste Survey

Posted on: February 10, 2021
Presidents Day Holiday Schedule

Presidents' Day Holiday

Posted on: February 8, 2021
COVID 19 FAQ Sheet

Hays County COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ Page

Posted on: January 28, 2021
City of Buda Holiday Activities Survey

City of Buda Holiday Activities Survey

Posted on: January 21, 2021
COMMUNITY

City of Buda Resident Survey Results

Posted on: January 20, 2021
City of Buda Holiday Activities Survey

City of Buda Holiday Activities Survey

Posted on: January 6, 2021
Buda Sportsplex 1

Water Off at Buda Sportsplex

Posted on: January 5, 2021
Christmas Tree Recycling (Texas Disposal Systems)

Christmas Tree Recycling

Posted on: December 26, 2020
Christmas Holiday Schedule 2020

REMINDER: Christmas/New Years Schedule

Posted on: December 22, 2020
TDS Service Alert

Texas Disposal Systems (TDS) Service Alert

Posted on: December 22, 2020
New Years Holiday Schedule 2020

New Years Holiday Schedule

Posted on: December 29, 2020
fireworks Dec. 17

Fireworks Prohibited in City of Buda

Posted on: December 28, 2020
Employee of the Year 2020

Employee of the Year & Service Awards

Posted on: December 15, 2020
Christmas Holiday Schedule 2020

Christmas/New Years Holiday Schedule

Posted on: December 14, 2020
Festival of Trees (1) (002)

Buda Festival of Trees is Now Open

Posted on: December 11, 2020
Untitled design (59)

Buda City Park Now Open to the Public

Posted on: December 11, 2020
Hays County COVID

Hays County COVID-19 Relief Funds

Posted on: December 9, 2020
Main Street Delay

Main Street Delays Due to Paving Work

Posted on: December 8, 2020
City of Buda Annual Sewer Averaging

City of Buda Annual Sewer Averaging

Posted on: December 7, 2020
Buda Public Library

Buda Public Library Extending Its Hours

Posted on: November 30, 2020
Festival of Trees (1) (002)

Downtown Buda Festival of Trees Fundraiser

Posted on: November 25, 2020
Christmas Lights

Holiday Lights Recycling

Posted on: November 24, 2020
Thanksgiving Day Holiday - City of Buda Offices Closed

Thanksgiving Holiday - Nov. 26 & 27

Posted on: November 18, 2020
Trail of Lights Small Version

Buda Trail of Lights Drive-Thru

Posted on: November 10, 2020
Veterans Day Holiday 2020

Veterans Day Holiday - Wednesday, Nov. 4

Posted on: November 4, 2020
Copy of Copy of LAST DAY FOR EARLY VOTING FRIDAY, OCT. 30 (1)

Nov. 3 General Election Voter Safety

Posted on: November 2, 2020
2nd qtr (1)

Nov. 3 General Election Information

Posted on: November 2, 2020
Add a heading (24)

The Big Picture - Week of Oct. 26, 2020

Posted on: October 30, 2020
IMG_8410

Art Takes Shape in Downtown Buda

Posted on: October 27, 2020
HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS

Halloween Safety Tips

Posted on: October 27, 2020
1652128_cleanVote_Canvas_Landscape

Early Voting/Election Day Information

Posted on: October 26, 2020
Booda Halloween 2020

Boo-da Halloween at Home

Posted on: October 23, 2020
Nov. 3 election information (2)

Early Voting Information

Posted on: October 19, 2020
Buda PD Badge

Hit and Run Investigation

Posted on: October 13, 2020
Online Community Survey (1)

City of Buda Online Community Survey

Posted on: October 13, 2020
Early voting begins tuesday, oct. 13

Early Voting Begins Tuesday, Oct. 13

Posted on: October 13, 2020
still budaful stimulus grant is back

Still Budaful Stimulus Grant is Back!

Posted on: October 9, 2020
City Park Update Aug. 10, 2020 (1)

Buda City Park Update - Oct. 9, 2020

Posted on: October 9, 2020
Columbus Day Holiday - Oct. 12, 2020

Columbus Day Holiday - Oct. 12, 2020

Posted on: October 5, 2020
Online Community Survey (1)

City of Buda Online Community Survey

Posted on: October 2, 2020
1668718_selectedCandidateB_Standard_GDE

Mail-In or Hand-Delivered Ballots

Posted on: October 2, 2020
shareyourwisdom

May is Older Americans Month!

Posted on: May 9, 2017
National Drug Take-Back Day Pic

Buda PD/DEA Drug Take-Back Day

Posted on: April 10, 2017
Good Friday Holiday

Good Friday Holiday

Posted on: April 10, 2017
Easter Egg Hunt 11 - City of Buda

City of Buda Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Posted on: March 21, 2017
Municipal Site Live Camera Pic

Municipal Site Live Camera

Posted on: March 7, 2017
Austin Capitol Building

Buda Legislative Day at the Capitol

Posted on: March 2, 2017
Municipal Building Rendering

The Big Picture - Week of Feb. 20, 2017

Posted on: February 24, 2017
Big Picture Feb. 13.jpg

The Big Picture - Week of Feb. 13, 2017

Posted on: February 17, 2017
Presidents Day Holiday Pic

All City Offices Closed On President's Day

Posted on: February 13, 2017
Picture of Tommy Poer

The Big Picture - Week of Feb. 6, 2017

Posted on: February 10, 2017
Public Works Crew

The Big Picture - Week of Jan. 30, 2017

Posted on: February 3, 2017
Jan 23 Big Picture.jpg

The Big Picture - Week of Jan. 23, 2017

Posted on: January 27, 2017
Heritage Tree

Tree Relocation on Municipal Site

Posted on: January 26, 2017
Pic of Crew Working on Municipal Site

The Big Picture - Week of Jan. 16, 2017

Posted on: January 20, 2017
Buda City Seal

CITY PUTTING FLUORIDATION ON HOLD

Posted on: January 19, 2017
Picture of West Goforth Work

The Big Picture - Week of Jan. 9, 2017

Posted on: January 13, 2017
Christmas decorations taken down

The Big Picture - Week of Jan. 2, 2017

Posted on: January 6, 2017
Flyer of Focus Group on Aging

Focus Group on Aging

Posted on: January 4, 2017
Picture of Inside of Parks and Maintenance Building

The Big Picture - Week of Dec. 26, 2016

Posted on: December 30, 2016
Picture of Fireworks in the Sky

Fireworks Prohibited in City of Buda

Posted on: December 29, 2016
Animated Picture of a Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree Disposal Information

Posted on: December 27, 2016
Lee Urbanovksy Being Sworn-in

The Big Picture - Week of Dec. 19, 2016

Posted on: December 22, 2016
Flyer With Christmas Schedule Information

Christmas Holiday Schedule

Posted on: December 19, 2016
Crew Paving Interstate Drive

The Big Picture - Week of Dec. 12, 2016

Posted on: December 16, 2016
Picture of Stagecoach Park Pond Surrounded by Lighted Christmas Trees

The Big Picture - Week of Dec. 5, 2016

Posted on: December 9, 2016
The Big Picture Graphic

The Big Picture - Week of Nov. 28, 2016

Posted on: December 2, 2016
Event Cancelled Graphic

Budafest Cancelled

Posted on: December 2, 2016
Picture of Wiley Hopkins being sworn-in by City Secretary

The Big Picture - Week of Nov. 21, 2016

Posted on: November 23, 2016
Photo of Ray Creswell Sitting at Desk

City of Buda Hires First Project Manager

Posted on: November 23, 2016
the big picture week of nov. 14.JPG

The Big Picture - Week of Nov. 14, 2016

Posted on: November 18, 2016
Friends of the Buda Library Flyer

Friends of Buda Library Annual Book Sale

Posted on: November 14, 2016

The Big Picture - Week of Oct. 31, 2016

Posted on: November 4, 2016
Big Picture Graphic

The Big Picture - Week of Oct. 24, 2016

Posted on: October 28, 2016

Golf Cart Ordinance Reminder

Posted on: March 31, 2015

FAQs: Electro Purification Agreement

Posted on: February 9, 2015