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Vistra Corp.’s Midlothian Power Plant opened its doors to media on October 15, 2021 to show the plant’s weatherization process. The Midlothian plant managed to avoid freezing during the Winter Storm Uri in February, and Vistra’s plants provided 25-30% of electricity on the grid during the storm despite its approximately 18% share of generation capacity in ERCOT.
Winter Storm 2021

“People should probably be worried”: Texas hasn’t done enough to prevent another winter blackout, experts say

Natural gas powers the majority of electricity in Texas, especially during winter. Some power companies say the state’s gas system is not ready for another deep freeze.

Insulated piping at Vistra Corp.’s natural gas power generation site in Midlothian on October 15, 2021. 12 miles of pipes of Vistra Corp.’s Midlothian Power Plant will be insulated and heated by heating strips in order to maintain the internal temperature during extreme weather conditions.
Air-cooled condensers at Vistra Corp.’s Midlothian Power Plant condense steam using air instead of water, greatly reducing plant water use on October 15, 2021.

“It’s a regulatory problem”

Gov. Greg Abbott signs Senate Bill 2 and Senate Bill 3 at the Texas Capitol on June 8, 2021. The omnibus power grid bills will change the state’s power grid and the people who oversee it.
Vistra Corp.’s Midlothian Power Plant opened its doors to media on October 15, 2021 to show the plant’s weatherization process. Energy providers like Vistra are preparing their plants for extreme weather conditions following the February winter storm Uri, which disrupted the Texas electric grid and led to the deaths of more than 200 people.

Industry group: Natural gas system will be prepared for winter

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