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Posted on: February 16, 2021

[ARCHIVED] ORDER OF COUNTY JUDGE CLAY JENKINS DATE ORDER ISSUED: February 15, 2021

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WHEREAS, on February 12, 2021, Dallas County, Texas experienced severe snow and ice storm

coupled with extremely cold temperatures;

WHEREAS, due to record low temperatures, the Texas power system is currently facing an

unprecedented peak in demand for electricity and, at times this record demand has exceeded the

electric generation available to serve the grid;

WHEREAS, in response, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has requested utilities

across the state to implement controlled power outages to reduce high demand and protect the

integrity of the electric grid, and the length of these controlled outages has been significantly

extended beyond normal due to the current emergency grid conditions and severe cold weather;

WHEREAS, these outages have been taking place across the service territory, and ERCOT has

said they could be required through Tuesday; and

WHEREAS, the citizens and businesses of Dallas County can do their part to help alleviate the

strain of electricity demand on the grid. Any reduction of electricity consumption, particularly

during peak morning hours tomorrow, will help stabilize the grid and reduce the likelihood that

more controlled outages will be necessary.

WHEREAS, due to the current weather event, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins has issue a Local

Declaration of Disaster on February 15, 2021;

WHEREAS, pursuant to this current Local Declaration of Disaster, Dallas County Judge Clay

Jenkins issues the following executive orders:

UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF TEXAS GOVERNMENT CODE

SECTION 418.108, DALLAS COUNTY JUDGE CLAY JENKINS ORDERS:

Effective as of 8:00 p.m. on February 15, 2021, and continuing until rescinded or expires by

operation of law:

1. All non-essential businesses are advised to delay their opening or start time until 10:00

a.m.

2. All manufacturing and industrial businesses that use electricity in their

operations/processes are advised to close on February 16, 2021, or at minimum to the

greatest extent possible shut down any non-essential processes or operations for that day.

3. All residents and businesses in Dallas County are advised to set their thermostats to no

more than 68 degrees.

4. This Order does not apply to businesses that provide essential services or any

manufacturing or industrial processes or operations that must remain engaged to prevent

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damage to facilities or equipment or to otherwise maintain the integrity of those processes

or operations.

5. Under this Order, no person shall sell any of the following goods or services for more than

the regular retail price the person charged for the goods or services on February 11, 2021,

except where an increased retail price is the result of increased supplier or other costs

(including the loss of supplier supporting funds):

a. groceries, beverages, toilet articles, and ice;

b. restaurant, cafeteria, and boarding-house meals;

c. medicine, pharmaceutical and medical equipment, and supplies; and

d. hotel rooms, motel rooms, or any other temporary lodging available to the public.

6. The County of Dallas must promptly provide copies of this Order by posting on the Dallas

County website. In addition, the owner, manager, or operator of any facility that is likely

to be impacted by this Order is strongly encouraged to post a copy of this Order onsite and

to provide a copy to any member of the public asking for a copy. If any subsection,

sentence, clause, phrase, or word of this Order or any application of it to any person,

structure, gathering, or circumstance is held to be invalid or unconstitutional by a decision

of a court of competent jurisdiction, then such decision will not affect the validity of the

remaining portions or applications of this Order.

IT IS SO ORDERED

CLAY JENKINS

DALLAS COUNTY JUDGE

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