Last Updated on June 29, 2023 by Mary Pressler
How Cooling Stations Are Helping Texas Residents This Summer
The year 2023 has brought extreme temperatures, with the 4th warmest April on record and the 3rd warmest May in 174 years. Some parts of Texas have seen temperatures of over 110°F in June 2023, and many cities have deployed cooling centers as a way to protect the population. According to state health officials, more than 350 persons were sent to emergency rooms by heat-related illnesses on June 20.
- On June 27, ERCOT reported that electricity usage in Texas had reached a new record of 80,828 MW – surpassing the 80,148 MW record from July 20, 2022.
- In great part, this can be attributed to air conditioning systems working at full capacity in homes and businesses, amid a three-week heat wave.
Power outages have also been a challenge in the region. More than 170,000 consumers in the Houston area were left without power on June 8, and over 300,000 customers across several states were without power on June 19 after a weekend with severe storms. The most severe outages were reported in Tulsa, OK, with around 165,000 customers affected and over 700 power poles struck down. The storms also caused major power outages in East Texas, leaving around 150,000 customers without electricity.
Where Can I Find Cooling Stations in Texas?
Map of Locations
The Texas Division of Energy Management (TDEM) developed an interactive map that shows active cooling centers throughout the state. To find the nearest centers, you can simply zoom into your location on the TDEM map.
Quick Electricity has also gathered a list of web resources that provide information about cooling stations in Texas:
Texas Cooling Center Locations
|Location||Where to find cooling stations?|
|North Texas: Dallas, Denton, Tarrant, Ellis and Collin counties||CBS News List|
|Greater Houston||Official City of Houston List|
|East Texas||KETK / FOX 51 List|
|Austin||Official City of Austin List|
|Central Texas: Harker Heights, Killeen, Waco, etc.||KCEN / 6 News List|
|Corpus Christi||Official City of Corpus Christi List|
|El Paso||KTSM / 9 News List|
|Rio Grande Valley||Valley Central List|
Additional Resources for Texans
- CITY OF DENTON
- RELIANT ENERGY STATEWIDE PROGRAM
45 Beat the Heat Cooling Centers, $150K in community donations, $1M in customer assistance, and more tools help Texans navigate the summer