Electricity woes could leave Texas with a black eye

Texas markets itself as a business friendly state that’s weathered the economic slowdown.

But as NPR’s StateImpact asks, what could rolling blackouts or energy demand woes do to the state’s reputation?

The Public Utility Commission voted today to raise the wholesale electricity cap this summer and over the next few years to spur to build more power plants.

In the meantime, the state is walking a fine line between power conservation and creating an inviting environment for businesses.

“We want to get the message out of reduced usage during peak demand…At the same time, we want to get the message out ‘Texas is open for business,’” PUC Chairwoman Donna Nelson told NPR.

Nelson said it is a fine line between urging people to conserve and telling them blackouts will be necessary if they don’t.

And in case you are worried, former Houston Chronicle reporter Tom Fowler did a great story last year about how to figure out if you might be hit by blackouts.

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