Steffy: Rolling blackouts loom with PUC inaction

By the time the Public Utility Commission gets around to addressing the reliability crisis facing the state’s electricity grid, it may be holding meetings by candlelight.

The rest of us may be sweating in the dark.

The commission’s lack of leadership has been magnified by a vacancy on the three-member panel, even as the prospect of rolling blackouts during the hottest days of the summer looms once again. Although the commission could and should take steps to ease the threat, it probably won’t.

Read columnist Loren Steffy’s full column at

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About The Author

Loren Steffy is the business columnist for the Houston Chronicle. His column appears in on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. He is also the author of "Drowning in Oil: BP and the Reckless Pursuit of Profit," and "The Man Who Thought Like a Ship."