UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am
ERCOT has ended the scheduled blackouts for now, but local business' have already been affected.
The Hillsboro courthouse shut down early today. The courthouse sprinkler system in the attic froze this morning which caused a hazard to employees. Business' were shut down in the area, putting people behind in work and costing them money.
As the weather continues to stay below freezing the next couple days, more blackouts could be coming. Officials say to conserve energy, and prevent the blackouts from reoccurring, turn down the thermostat, turn off all unnecessary lights, appliances, and electronic equipment.