In Texas, Storms Cause More Outages Than Grid Failures

It’s a rare but familiar event: arriving home and the clock is blinking. That happened in a Midland neighborhood last week, when the lights went out in more than 600 homes Friday night because of electrical equipment problems. A more serious power outage affected nearly all of Lubbock for a few hours in July, with malfunctioning equipment again to blame.

The average Texan experiences a few hundred minutes of power outages each year, according to a major report recently by the Brattle Group, which has done consulting for the Texas power grid.

If Texans are already used to the ...

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