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Winter Storm 2021

“Power companies get exactly what they want”: How Texas repeatedly failed to protect its power grid against extreme weather

Texas regulators and lawmakers knew about the grid’s vulnerabilities for years, but time and again they furthered the interests of large electricity providers.

By Jeremy Schwartz, Kiah Collier and Vianna Davila, The Texas Tribune and ProPublica
Jacob Duran prepares wood for a grill. Duran has been cooking meals outsides after his apartment lost power. Feb. 18, 2021.
The Blanco Vista neighborhood of San Marcos is blanketed with several inches of snow as a massive winter weather system causes power outages across Texas on Feb. 15, 2021.

“We'll be opportunistic”

A car moves through a neighborhood in West Austin that is without power on Feb 18, 2021.

Failed legislation

Jacob Duran warms his hands over a grill after his apartment lost power due to the severe winter storm that hit the state. Feb. 18, 2021.

“Demanding answers”

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