Winterization takes priority at Winter Storm Uri anniversary

HARC in the News


By Andrew Christman, Community Impact

Approaching the anniversary of Winter Storm Uri in mid-February, local energy provider Entergy announced its winterization efforts were completed before its 2023 deadline and are ready for cold weather this year.

Improvements throughout 2021 included insulating critical equipment and pipes that could be at risk of freezing, Entergy Customer Service Manager Detrick Taylor said at a Dec. 8 meeting of The Woodlands Township board of directors. Additional energy reliability efforts will continue through 2022, he said.

The first test for recent improvements came during

below-freezing temperatures in early February this year, in which Entergy officials said only 90 customers lost power in The Woodlands area, 85 of which were due to equipment failure, and power was restored within 35 minutes.

Chris Nunes, assistant general manager in The Woodlands Township, said electrical systems have been operational in recent cold weather.


Demand continues to grow with electrification of different sectors. For the Houston region in particular, major factors leading to a greater demand on the energy grid are the rising population in the area and both warmer and colder weather.

Dr. Gavin Dillingham, HARC