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How to know the difference between a local power outage and rolling blackouts

Power outages are a possibility during any severe weather event. But a local power outage is different from a larger power grid problem.

Electrical power lines near the Austin Energy/Sand Hill Energy Center in Del Valle on March 24, 2020.

How can I tell the difference between a local outage and a grid outage?

What causes a local outage?

OK, what about the statewide power grid — what factors put stress on the grid?

What is an energy conservation request?

What is an energy emergency?

When do rotating outages happen?

What’s being done to prevent future conservation requests and outages?


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