‘Out of the woods’ on blackouts?
The threat of rolling blackouts and constant strain on Texas’ electrical grid might soon be a memory as the state’s vicious heat wave appears to be letting up.
Officials said a cool front was rolling across the state Sunday, dropping temperatures into the 90s and 80s and easing electricity demand. Spokeswoman Theresa Gage of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which manages the power grid, said that “we’re out of the woods” if the lower temperatures hold.
The grid operator took numerous steps to avoid rolling blackouts this summer, including calling on Texans to conserve power.
“It took us all to get through this difficult summer,” Gage said.
Source: Austin American-Statesman
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