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Yes, Lubbock is still joining the ERCOT power grid

Feb 25, 2021
Sarah Self-Walbrick/Texas Tech Public Media

Lubbock leaders are keeping a close eye on the Texas House and Senate hearings beginning Thursday about last week's winter storm that crashed the state's power grid. 

 

 

Subzero temperatures caused a spike in electrical demand that required controlled rotating outages over two days. But unlike in some Texas cities, those outages were actually brief. 

The city was largely unaffected by power failure thanks to timing. 

Montinique Monroe for The Texas Tribune

How Texans are coping without power

Feb 17, 2021
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

It's the third day of power outages across Texas, after a historic winter storm impacted most of the state. 

Just about every power source has been impacted by the weather, from solar panels to wind turbines to nuclear plants.

 

But according to ERCOT, the electric grid provider for over 75% of the state, the main issue continues to be thermal generators -- coal and gas-powered electric plants. Agency officials say they warned operators a week in advance that they should prepare for extreme weather.