February 3, 2011

Mexico Supplying Electricity To Texas During Cold Blast

Mexico starting supplying electricity to Texas on Wednesday as unusually cold temperatures caused power outages.

Mexico's Federal Electricity Commission "was determined to support Texas with electrical energy faced with the problems the state is suffering due to climatological conditions," a statement said.

It said that an energy transfer of 280 megawatts would start midday on Wednesday at the north Mexican border cities of Nuevo Laredo, Reynosa and Piedras Negras.

Texas Governor Rick Perry said in a statement that power and emergency management experts were working with utility providers to ensure power was restored as quickly as possible.

"Until that happens, I urge businesses and residents to conserve electricity to minimize the impact of this event," Perry added.

A winter storm buried over a third of the U.S. in drifting snow, sleet and ice that brought air and road travel to a halt.

Snowstorms paralyzed air transport, blocked operations in factories and caused schools to shut in the Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas.

Ciudad Juarez major Hector Murgia said that temperatures of about 8.6 degrees Fahrenheit were the lowest recorded in almost 50 years.