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Warren Lasher, director of system planning for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (Emily Pickrell/Houston Chronicle)

Grid girds for summer onslaught

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which manages the power grid for about 90 percent of the state, expects summer heat this year to push system demand past the safety cushion the council tries to maintain.
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Experts differ on how to prevent rolling blackouts

When the state electrical grid operator warned Thursday that Texas could be hit with blackouts next summer in part because its cushion of reserve energy is less than hoped, reaction was swift – but all over the map.
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ERCOT warns of possible rolling blackouts this winter, next summer

Last winter’s rolling blackouts in Texas and the summer’s near-blackouts could occur again in the coming year if extreme weather stresses the power grid more than normal, the state’s grid operator said Thursday.
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If there are rolling blackouts, will I get hit?

If your lights went out during February’s rolling blackouts you’ll likely get hit again, should Texas have to declare such an extreme power emergency again.
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Conservation encouraged in Texas today, but don’t panic *update*

Texas power grid operators are damned if they do and damned if they don’t when it comes to warning of changes in the daily supply/demand balance.
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Bill calls for end to the PUC

It didn’t take long, Loren Steffy notes. Less than two weeks after rolling blackouts left much of Texas in the dark, a state representative has filed a bill to abolish the Public Utilities Commission.