As utility outages continue throughout Texas, here’s where to find New Braunfels-area updates

Downtown New Braunfels is blanketed in snow. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)
Downtown New Braunfels is blanketed in snow. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)

Downtown New Braunfels is blanketed in snow. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)

On Feb. 16, Texans entered the second full day of blackouts and utility outages.

Although power was restored to some 500,000 homes across the state Feb. 15, overnight weather conditions forced additional outages, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.

ERCOT, the agency tasked with managing electricity flow to 90% of users in the state, said it was able to reduce the number of outages to 14,500 megawatts Feb. 15.

As of 8:00 a.m. Feb. 16, however, the number of outages was up again to 18,500 megawatts, the council reported. At the most severe point Feb. 15, there were 30,000 megawatts worth of weather-related outages, affecting several million homes across the state.

In New Braunfels, New Braunfels Utilities has been conducting rolling, 60-minute outages since early Feb. 15 to mitigate the impacts on customers from ERCOT’s load shed requirements.


Some customers, however, have experienced prolonged outages due to equipment damaged by the winter storm, according to NBU.

Residents of New Braunfels and the surrounding area are serviced by several utility companies and can find updated outage and service information at the following links:

Emma Whalen contributed to this report.
By Lauren Canterberry
Lauren began covering New Braunfels for Community Impact Newspaper in 2019. Her reporting focuses on education, development, breaking news and community interest stories. Lauren is originally from South Carolina and is a graduate of the University of Georgia.


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