KERA: Energy expert says Texas should weatherize natural gas to prevent future blackouts
Jan. 3 — Some regions of the state have seen below freezing temperatures over the last few days, leaving some Texans worried the electrical grid could fail, as it did last February.
Jan. 3 — The Texas Department of State Health Services adjusted the number of people who died from last February’s storm to 246 people — up from July’s tally of 210. The victims, who spanned 77 counties in Texas, ranged in age from less than one year old to 102.
Jan. 4 — Texas had almost a year to prepare after being ravaged by last February’s winter storm, but nothing has changed. “[Y]et again, instruments froze, output plunged and companies spewed a miasma of pollutants into the atmosphere in a bid to keep operations stable,” according to a report by the Bloomberg Green news service.
Jan. 4 — More than 100 insurance companies are suing the Texas power grid operator and dozens of power generators, over losses and property damage sustained during the winter storm last February.
Dec. 30 — More than 300 electric generation units, representing 85% of the megawatt hours lost during the February winter storm, and 22 transmission station facilities have been inspected for mandatory winterization efforts by ERCOT.