Will Texans face heat blackouts after winter power outages?
Texans are facing the possibility of more power outages this summer after blackouts over the winter left people in the cold for several days. Recently amid heat waves, ERCOT, the state’s power grid operator, asked Texans to reduce power usage. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas set a new unofficial peak record of demand, according to a spokesperson. Total power demand reached 78.3 gigawatts. Though warnings of rolling blackouts circulated, Texas has avoided them for now. Josiah Neely is a Texas-based Senior Fellow specializing in energy at R Street Institute.