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Some Texas power plants unexpectedly went offline last week. The grid operator says it still doesn’t know why

Texans were asked to cut back on their electricity use for a week because of “tight” power grid conditions, according to ERCOT officials. They still haven’t said what caused the plant outages.

Scenes from the Seaholm Power Plant in Austin on June 21, 2021.

Texas power grid FAQs

  • What did the Legislature do to fix the power grid after the February crisis in 2021?

  • What more could the Legislature have done to fix the grid?

  • What should I do to conserve electricity?

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