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.


NPR: Texas officials put the final death toll from last year’s winter storm at 246

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.

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Reform Austin — Texas Power Grid Still Not Winterized

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.

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KXAN: More than 100 insurance companies sue ERCOT, power generators over winter storm losses

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.

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KVUE: ERCOT says Texas electric generation fleet is ready for winter following on-site inspections

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.


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