New study shows possible energy shortages coming

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GRAYSON COUNTY, TX -- Last summer was the hottest on record and as the temperatures heat up this summer officials are asking you to conserve energy.

Officials with "The Electric Reliability Council of Texas" say they expect o see a jump in power outages over the next few years because of the state's long, hot summers and population growth.

A report released today shows that if residents do not cut back their usage, the state will not have enough electricity in 2022.

ERCOT says they are trying to come up with new ways to prevent potential shortages.

"The Public Utility Commission of Texas is reviewing options associated with potential market changes to assent more generation development," Warren Lasher, ERCOT's Director of System Planning, said.

ERCOT says the most important thing you can do to help is to cut back on electricity use in the peak hours during the summer.

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