Several weeks of temperatures above 100 degrees have had Austin Energy’s eyes constantly monitoring usage numbers and consumer’s eyes constantly monitoring their thermostats.

Because of threats of rolling blackouts to avoid crashing the energy grid, one KVUE viewer wrote to me and said, “My understanding is that the City of Austin did not always belong to a central authority like ERCOT. When the rest of the Texas grid would go down, the City of Austin would remain running. When did this change? Why?”

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