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Winter Storm 2021

Texans no longer need to conserve energy, power grid operator says

We’re tracking the fallout from the massive winter storm in Texas, which has brought widespread power outages and transportation problems.

Residents of an apartment building in South Austin ate their meals in the parking lot after losing power during a severe winter storm. Feb. 18, 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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Here's what you need to know:

Texans do not need to continue to conserve electricity, ERCOT says 

Lawsuits cropping up against Texas’ power grid operator

ERCOT says forced outages no longer necessary

President Joe Biden says he'll visit Texas, sign major disaster declaration

Gov. Greg Abbott says Texas is working to bring in more plumbers, help cities test their water

Houston mayor says he hasn’t spoken to Gov. Greg Abbott during storm

Texans of color, college students and hospital workers were left to struggle through winter storm 

Hundreds of thousands still without electricity, even as power grid stabilizes 

Tribune launches texting service for people relying on cellphones for breaking news 

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