Pleasanton, Red Cross to provide cooling center

The City of Pleasanton and the Red Cross will open a cooling center today located at the First Baptist Church, Pleasanton.

Due to ERCOT’s recent alert for Texans to greatly reduce electrical usage because of the sudden spike in heat, the City of Pleasanton, with the assistance of the American Red Cross will be opening a cooling center.

The cooling center will be open starting Wednesday,

June 16 from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and available to everyone who needs a place to stay cool. The cooling center will be located at the First Baptist Church, 400 N. Reed St., Pleasanton.

For further information about the cooling center, please contact EMC Philip Glass at the Pleasanton Emergency Management Office (830) 253-5664. The Pleasanton Emergency Management Office is also accepting donations of box fans. Any donations will be appreciated.

Melissa Dupée, volunteer coordinator for Pleasanton’s EMC division, is looking for volunteers to help at the cooling centers. “We are in a bestlaid plans situation,” said Dupée. “Our big volunteer drive was set to launch next week but the heat index has forced our hand a bit. I am looking for volunteers to help staff the cooling center we are opening this week.”

The hours to volunteer are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The hours may be extended past Friday, but that determination will be made later this week. Please contact Melissa at (210) 784-7118. Your help will be greatly appreciated. ERCOT certainly did not win any fans during the Texas winter storm. They are feeling the heat from some Texans with their latest alert about summer outages.

ERCOT issues Conservation Act

ERCOT has issued a Conservation Alert, and Texans are being asked to reduce their electric use as much as possible Monday through Friday, June 18. “A significant number of forced generation outages combined with potential record electric use for the month of June has resulted in tight grid conditions,” the grid operator said.

ERCOT is suggesting the following tips:

– Set your thermostat to 78 degrees or higher. Every degree of cooling increases your energy use by six to eight percent.

– Turn off lights and pool pumps and avoid using large appliances like ovens, washing machines and dryers.

– If you don’t need something, ERCOT is asking you to turn it off and unplug it if possible.

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