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Winter Storm 2021

2 million Texas households without power as massive winter storm drives demand for electricity

Some utility companies that deliver electricity to Texans are telling customers to expect power outages through Monday night and potentially into Tuesday.

A northbound view of I-35 at East Stassney Lane in south Austin on Feb. 15, 2021.

Winter Storm 2021

As Texas faced record-low temperatures in February 2021 and snow and ice made roads impassable, the state’s electric grid operator lost control of the power supply, leaving millions without access to electricity. As the blackouts extended from hours to days, top state lawmakers called for investigations into the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, and Texans demanded accountability for the disaster. The Texas Tribune covered the impact of the storm in real time and continues to bring accountability coverage as officials address the issues exposed by the storm. 

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