Texas blackouts rise, ranking No. 2 in nation

HOUSTON — Texas has more blackouts than every other state but California, according to a study of power outages released this week by power management company Eaton.

The study, based on media accounts and other reports, found that Texas rose a spot to No. 2 in the ranking with 159 outages last year — up from 131 in 2012.

In total, nearly 1.1 million people in Texas were affected by power outages last year, according to the study. Each of those outages affected an average of nearly 11,000 Texans.

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The typical Texas outage lasted more than 2.5 hours. Weather was their leading cause.

On a per capita, Texas performed much better. It averaged less than one blackout for every 100,000 residents,  putting it towards the bottom of the rankings.

Nationwide, the study identified 3,236 power outages in 2013, up 15 percent from the prior year. But the number of people affected by those outages decreased dramatically, from 25 million in 2012 to more than 14 million in 2013. The report cautioned, however, that information on the number of people affected by outages isn’t always complete.

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