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Listen In, Lubbock: Making sense of the 2021 Texas blackout

Pigeons fly over a power plant in Midlothian owned by Vistra Corp. Texas power plants like this on are preparing for the cold weather to avoid another blackout.
Gabriel C. Pérez
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KUT
Pigeons fly over a power plant in Midlothian owned by Vistra Corp. Texas power plants like this on are preparing for the cold weather to avoid another blackout.

Millions of Texans were cold and in the dark for days in February 2021, when an intense winter storm swept across the state. The disaster revealed an ill-prepared power grid and a complicated bureaucracy that impacts anyone who relies on the Texas power system.

That’s the topic of The Texas Newsroom podcast “The Disconnect: Power, Politics and the Texas Blackout.” KUT’s Mose Buchele is the host of that podcast. He covers energy and the environment at Austin’s NPR station. "The Disconnect" is now available wherever you get your podcasts.

Guest:

Mose Buchele, KUT

Helpful links:

The Disconnect from The Texas Newsroom

An Austin woman died from hypothermia during the blackout. Four months later, her husband died, too. from The Texas Newsroom

Why are Texans’ electricity bills so high right now? from The Texas Newsroom

So, is the Texas power grid 'fixed'? from The Texas Newsroom

Texas exists on an energy island. In the 1970s, one company tried to force a change. from The Texas Newsroom

Sarah Self-Walbrick is the news director at Texas Tech Public Media, where she leads the news team and focuses on underreported stories in Lubbock. Sarah is a Lubbock native and a three-time graduate of Texas Tech University. She started her career at the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
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