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  • Dec 13, 2021

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has guaranteed that the lights will stay on this winter in Texas. But much of that work will depend on prepared utilities are in a largely and grossly underregulated market. This will be a huge test for free-market energy. 

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Bob Meinetz on Dec 13, 2021

"....power transmission utilities were ordered by ERCOT to preemptively cut power to homes and businesses to avoid a total collapse. But that, in some cases, shut off the fuel supply for power plants.

“Keeping the power on is the best winterization tool we have,” Staples said."

Got it: "Cut power to homes and businesses, but keep it flowing to power plants, so they can generate electricity for the homes and businesses that have had their power cut."

Texas is a great state to visit, but somehow I wouldn't want to live there.

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