Oncor, Dallas Really Wants Lights (and Heat) Kept On at City Hall and Convention Center

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Justin Terveen
Personally, I'd love nothing more than to see the council chambers go dark during this morning's briefing. Need something to liven up that ho-hum agenda that includes runaway shopping carts and a look at the Mayor's Youth Fitness Initiative -- or MyFi, as it's called. Besides, what glorious irony: That thing's funded by Oncor, remember?

Anyway.

This just in from Frank Librio, the city's public information officer (along with an updated clarification):
The City has requested that, if possible, City Hall and the Dallas Convention Center (which is hosting the NFL Experience) be exempt from rotating power outages. City Hall is open today for the Dallas City Council Briefing and other public business and it is also where the Emergency Operations Center is located for Super Bowl week. The EOC is operational 24 hours a day during Super Bowl Week monitoring, and responding if needed, to public safety issues associated with hundreds of special events. These operations are critical. Some libraries and/or recreation centers and other City facilities may be impacted by the rotating power outages.

Also, there will be many dark traffic signals and subsequent malfunction issues associated with the rotating power outages. Please remind commuters that signals may be dark and to proceed with caution. State Law requires the drivers stop at a dark traffic signal. The City will be assigning extra staff to restore traffic signal operations through out the day.

Clarification: The City of Dallas is cooperating with the power shedding plan implemented by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). There are a number of city facilities and traffic signals that are currently being affected. City Hall, which houses the 911 call center and the Emergency Operations Center, is considered a critical facility so it would not be affected.
Speaking of rolling blackouts, Dallas Area Rapid Transit sends word: "20 minute service for DART Rail. Rolling blackouts are causing additional delays throughout the system."

And while we're getting all community announcementy here: Check out the modified garbage pick-up schedule for this week. Long story short: There won't be none.
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Amy Townsend
Amy Townsend

If they would shut off the electricity at Jerry World for a while, they could power 4000 homes! Apparently the FBI and Homeland Security think football is more important than people.http://www.myfoxdfw.com/dpp/sp...

Dallas Diner
Dallas Diner

Last year the huge power outage was during the NBA All Star game in Arlington; this year the huge power outage is during the SuperBowl in Arlington. I think JerryWorld is bad weather karma.

reddy kilowatt
reddy kilowatt

So you get on a train and it could sit for 45+ minutes somewhere with no heat? Reminds me of Tobey Macguire in 'The Ice Storm'. Except for some reason, he didn't appear to be freezing his asof.

Cliff Dweller
Cliff Dweller

I can't figure out why there is a power emergency. All schools are closed, many businesses are closed, much reduced load there. Home heating? Surely a high percentage of that is based on gas. We can't possibly be using more electricity than we would be on a hot August day. I don't get it. . .

Syd_Nancy
Syd_Nancy

A handfull of power plants were shut down by the ice. It's not the usage, it's the supply

InfamousQBert
InfamousQBert

glad to know the NFL experience is more important that the folks with kids who have been without power since 6 this morning. good show.

warden62
warden62

The rolling blackouts must be preventing Unfair Park from showing up on the DO main page.

Buckeye
Buckeye

Let the citizens suffer if need be, but please don't inconvenience the ruling class.

JS
JS

ERCOT sucks, and DART swallows.

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