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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.
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.
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.
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.