A prolonged drought, looming environmental rules and shortcomings in the incentives for building new power plants could cause even more problems with Texas’ electric grid in the next year.

A number of Texas power plants may need to cut back operations or shut down completely if the state’s severe drought continues into the fall, as water levels in many plant cooling reservoirs continue to drop, said Kent Saathoff, vice president of system planning and operations for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.

At least one plant already has had to cut back on its output during the record-breaking year for temperatures and power demand in Texas.

“The bottom line is there’s not much we can do absent rain,” Saathoff said in an interview. “Cooling reservoirs just aren’t being replenished.”

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