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Winter Storm 2021

Paperwork failures worsened Texas blackouts, sparking mid-storm scramble to restore critical fuel supply

Dozens of natural gas companies failed to do the paperwork that would keep their facilities powered during an emergency, so utilities cut their electricity at the very moment that power plants most needed fuel. The mid-storm scramble to fix the problem exposed a regulatory blind spot.

A CVS Pharmacy in South Austin is lit only by the lights of a parked car. Various parts throughout the state lost power as a result of the winter storm.

Power cut to fuel source

“A vicious downward spiral”

Calls for a new agency

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