State Regulators Say Power Grid Should be Able to Withstand Extreme Weather

FILE - People sit at the base of a transmission tower in North Arlington, N.J., Tuesday, April 6, 2021. The Biden White House is amplifying the push for its $2.3 trillion infrastructure package with the release of state-by-state breakdowns that show the dire shape of roads, bridges, the power grid and housing affordability. Biden is scheduled to meet Monday, April 12, 2021 with Republican and Democratic lawmakers and can deploy the figures to show that his plan would help meet the needs of their constituents. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

State electricity regulators want to reassure Texans the power grid can withstand more extreme weather  and their power should stay on the rest of the summer.  The chair of the Public Utility Commission — Peter Lake — says they’re working the rest of the summer with an abundance of caution by bringing in extra power reserves as warmer weather arrives.  Lake says they’re going to approach future power needs differently than they have before, when cheap electricity was the top priority and reliability second.  Going forward, Lake says reliability will be the main focus.

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