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Listen In, Lubbock: The Switch To The ERCOT Grid

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This weekend, over 80 thousand Lubbock Power and Light customers will make the transition to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) Grid. The transition comes just a few months after a massive winter storm crippled the grid, leaving millions of Texans without power as they grappled with freezing temperatures. The Texas Tribune reported that over 100 people died as a result of the storm—most from hypothermia—however, more recently BuzzFeed's data review estimates that number is much higher. As the city approaches the transition, Lubbock officials are hopeful that this year’s grid disaster won’t happen again.

On this episode of Listen in Lubbock, we unpack the events surrounding winter storm Uri. What went wrong? And what is the state doing to prevent a future disaster?

Guests: 

Dominic Anthony Walsh, energy, environment and public health reporter for Texas Public Radio

Jayme Lozano, rural health reporter, Texas Tech Public Media

Helpful Link: 

Private Electricity Companies Push To End Shutoff Moratorium As Summer Looms, from Dominic Anthony Walsh.

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State Lawmakers Approve Overhaul Of Texas Grid In Response to Blackout, from Mose Buchele

More from Buchele

Working with the weather: West Texas growers continue adapting to climate change impacts, from Jayme Lozano

Kaysie Ellingson is the former news director for Texas Tech Public Media. She came to Lubbock after living in Anchorage, Alaska, working as a documentary producer for Alaska Public Media. Prior to working in public media, Kaysie earned her master's degree in journalism from the University of Southern California with an emphasis in documentary production.
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