Power is returning to much of Montgomery County as Entergy generators are back up and running. Generation is close to meeting demand, although many homes are still without power due to line damages.
Entergy announced Tuesday afternoon in a press release that their regulator, Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), has cancelled its orders for power outages in the region of Texas supplied by Entergy.
“Generation at the power plants have been nearly fully restored,” said Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough. “Power regulators have rescinded their call for load shed in our region which has allowed Entergy to bring power restoration to more customers in our area.”
Keough added that during a call with Entergy, “they talked about having approximately 35,000 additional customers in Montgomery County that will have locally damaged or malfunctioning power distribution equipment at the neighborhood level. Crews are still out and they plan to work through the night to continue restoring them.”
Entergy in Montgomery County is not under the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), but rather is part of MISO, which according to the Entergy website is:
“A pool of electricity generators and users that stretches from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, and as reliability coordinator is responsible for monitoring the portion of the electric grid it oversees and providing instructions to its members regarding actions needed to maintain reliability in that portion of the grid. In extreme and unusual circumstances, such actions may include periodic outages of the type occurring today.”
“As of right now Entergy does not anticipate any additional rolling outages,” said Keough “But did stress if any loss of generation occurs rolling outages could restart.