Extreme Freeze 2021

Extreme Freeze 2021

Extreme Freeze 2021...Message to Our Members


The extreme freezing weather that has a grip on Texas is affecting all of us. We know what you are going through because the employees of (SWTEC) Southwest Texas Electric Cooperative and their families are going through this with you. Our linemen are working around the clock outdoors and with little sleep to hold our system together. Others are working in the cold dark to keep the electricity flowing safely—for your family and theirs. 












Right now, Texans are experiencing a combination of unprecedented scenarios.

Because of the record-setting freezing weather in all 254 counties, the demand for electricity in Texas is greater than what can be produced at power plants. To avoid damage to the power grid, utilities across the state, including SWTEC, have been ordered by ERCOT to implement rolling outages. Unfortunately we have no choice but to comply with these directives.

Since late last week, Texas has experienced freezing rain, snow, wind gusts and relentless cold that have damaged poles, wires and equipment that keep the power flowing. The physical damage to SWTEC's power lines and equipment takes time to repair, especially in extreme conditions. Normally co-ops from across the state assist one another by providing hundreds of crews who can help. Because the damage is statewide and travel is dangerous, the movement of crews is limited for now.


Power plants require water to operate. Temperatures across all of Texas have remained below freezing for five days and are expected to remain there for several more. The water used by some power plants is frozen, limiting the generating capacity in the state.


Please know that we understand your frustration and apologize for the rolling outages. SWTEC is committed to serving you, and we are working tirelessly to keep the lights on and you and your families safe.

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