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Farmersville officials apologize after mistakenly warning residents about rolling blackouts

A white street sign displaying the word "Farmersville."
City of Farmersville

Officials in Farmersville told residents they would face rolling blackouts Wednesday evening amid triple-digit temperatures. They later said the blackouts wouldn't be necessary.

Farmersville officials posted on social media Wednesday, warning the city would conduct “rolling blackouts” at random homes at the request of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.

ERCOT said in an email that it did not order any rolling blackouts on Wednesday. The state's power grid operator has issued calls for conservation twice this week as widespread heat drives up the demand for electricity.

Farmersville City Manager Ben White said Wednesday's mix-up was tied to a miscommunication with the city’s energy provider.

"Facebook was blowing up," White said. "There were people monitoring that and seeing that, and ERCOT was monitoring it and got wind of it, and then called me back at that time and said 'we haven't issued any kind of order like that.'"

White says officials moved forward with shutting off power to some non-essential buildings and businesses that were already closed on Wednesday, but no homes were affected. He said by 6:30 p.m., power had been fully restored in the city.

“In the end, it really didn't have a lot of effect on people's electricity here," White said. "It was just very upsetting because people thought they would get affected, and that's what created a lot of problems for people."

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Pablo Arauz Peña is the Growth and Infrastructure Reporter for KERA News.