In January, Texans broke a record set in February 2011 for energy use as those used to warmer temperatures cranked up heaters, putting aging electricity infrastructure statewide at risk for rolling blackouts.

The 2011 cold snap prompted the Electric Reliability Council of Texas and the Public Utility Commission to approve a new $1 billion line for the Rio Grande Valley, where more than 1.3 million people rely on two 20-year-old electricity lines that run down from the Corpus Christi area to North Edinburg and Rio Hondo.

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