Six generation plants went offline Friday amid unseasonably hot weather. ERCOT urges Texans to cut back on power usage over weekend. People should avoid "the usage of large appliances," such as dishwashers, washers and dryers, it says. Thermostats should be set to 78 degrees or higher, it adds.

Temperatures are expected to approach 100 degrees in some portions of Texas over the weekend. "At this time, all reserve generation resources available are operating," governor says. One megawatt of electricity is enough to power about 200 homes on a hot day. That means the 2,900 megawatts that went offline are enough toPower about 580,000 homes.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says he met with officials who oversee the grid. Abbott and other state leaders have been attempting to shore up the state's power grid. ERCOT asked power plants to postpone planned maintenance outages and to lift any outages in progress because of the hotter-than-normal May temperatures.
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