Utility Dive: Southeast utilities confront extreme weather, new peak demand patterns to avoid Texas-style blackouts
Nov. 8 — The Texas storm was a reminder for utilities in the region, which are more familiar with summer peaking events, that extreme weather is now a year-round concern.
Nov. 8 — The world’s most recognized electric car magnate is leaning even further into the trade for which his company’s namesake is known. Elon Musk’s Tesla has been approved to sell electricity in Texas.
Nov. 8 — A University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll of 1,200 registered voters reveals only 18 percent of respondents approved of how state leaders are handling the power grid issue. That poll was conducted in October.
Nov 8: The man in charge of the agency that manages the Texas power grid said Monday that the state has made many improvements since widespread outages in February left millions of people in the dark for days and vowed the situation would be handled much better in the future.
Nov. 8 — Since the incident, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has urged Texans to conserve power to help avoid outages when there is a high demand for power such as during extreme winter and summer temperatures. In June, Texas lawmakers passed legislation that aimed to prevent electricity blackouts.
Nov. 5 — When the agency that oversees Texas’ electricity grid told Austin Energy to cut power to its customers during the February freeze, the utility company had to turn off the lights for more people than needed.