Jenkins Signs Local Disaster Declaration, Warns Against Price Gouging Amid Power Outage – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Dallas County Justice Clay Jenkins signed a local disaster statement and ordinance on Monday urging businesses that are deemed not to be essential to postpone their opening until 10 a.m. on Tuesday and to sell essential goods at their regular retail prices sell while a historic winter storm is over hundreds of thousands without electricity on a night when temperatures drop to zero.
Jenkins announced this during a joint press conference with Oncor representative Carrie Dunn, who added that the provider was repairing damaged equipment so that it would be ready to supply customers with power as soon as ERCOT allows them to resume service.
The executive order also recommended manufacturing and industrial companies that use electricity to shut down or shut down as many non-essential processes as possible on Tuesday, and advised Dallas County residents and businesses to set their thermostats to 68 degrees or less.
Jenkins warned of price cuts on items such as groceries, beverages, toiletries, restaurants, medicines, hotel rooms and other accommodations.
Texas’ Electric Reliability Council (ERCOT), which oversees the state’s power grid but owns neither the transmission lines nor the power generation facilities, ordered rotating, controlled power outages to keep the power grid intact and help more people go unchecked be blackouts.
Many people without electricity have been forced to find warm places to stay with friends or in nearby hotels.