A population boom and extreme weather frequently puts a strain on Texas’ power grid, prompting calls for conservation among electricity users. The Electric Reliability Council Of Texas hopes a new, 5-year plan of improving the power grid will help decrease the need for rolling outages.

A new report from ERCOT, released last Friday, said they’ll spend nearly $9 billion on those improvements to the state’s power grid; more than half of which will support 17,000 megawatts of renewable power generation.

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