Dallas Observer: Texas Leads Country in Weather-Related Power Outages, Study Finds

July 22 — Texas’ 210 weather-related power outages resulted from severe weather, hurricanes, winter storms and extreme heat.

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Forbes: New Report Says ERCOT Overestimates Future Grid Needs

July 22 — A new report by Enverus Intelligence Research, a firm associated with the AI industry, has posted a report concluding that load forecasts by some Independent System Operators are significantly overstated.

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Spectrum News: Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick creates special committee to review utilities’ response to Beryl

July 18 — After millions of Texans lost power for days when Hurricane Beryl blew through the state earlier this month, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced the creation of a state Senate special committee to review the response and prevent future utility failures.

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KPRC: CenterPoint CEO faces backlash over photo amid Hurricane Beryl recovery efforts in Houston

July 18 — The image, posted by the Houston Chronicle, shows CEO Jason Wells in front of a thermostat set to 70°F, sparking outrage among people who have endured a week without electricity amidst soaring temperatures and heat advisories.

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KPRC: 3 Houston area residents file lawsuit against CenterPoint after Beryl outages spoil all the food in their refrigerators

July 17 — n the aftermath of Hurricane Beryl, new details are surfacing involving a lawsuit where several private citizens are suing CenterPoint Energy for loss, pain and suffering during and after the storm.

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Houston Public Media: Public Utility Commission of Texas launches investigation into CenterPoint Energy after Hurricane Beryl

July 16 — PUC Chairman Gleeson believes the commission can bring short-term fixes to Gov. Greg Abbott that can be implemented during this year’s hurricane season

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ABC KTRK TV CHANNEL 13 EYEWITNESS NEWS HOUSTON — Kingwood seniors going on 9th day without power as CenterPoint deploys mobile generators

July 16 — “It’s been terrible here,” Ted Doyle, one of approximately 200 residents in the facility, said. “My insulin’s gone bad because it requires refrigeration. My room was 91 degrees (Monday) night. My sheets were soaking wet from sweat. This has gone on for eight days now. It’s totally unacceptable.”

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ABC KTRK TV 13 HOUSTON — ‘We’ve had people brandishing AK-47s’: Union urges stop to violent acts against CenterPoint workers

July 15 — Ed Allen, who is the business manager for IBEW Local 66, spoke during a Sunday press conference about the hostile environments facing employees in the field, calling the treatment they’ve received unacceptable. “We’ve had guys with guns pulled on them. We’ve had guys that had rocks picked up and slung at them. We’ve had people brandishing AK-47s at them. It needs to stop,” Allen said. “I’ve had several companies already tell me if it doesn’t stop, ‘We’re going to get in our trucks and drive off.'”

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Laredo Morning Times: In Texas, Bitcoin mining is growing. But some aren’t happy with its rise

July 14 — Over the last three years, Texans have experienced power outages because of deep freezes and hurricanes. Residents have been furious over the capabilities of the state’s power grid, and the last week hasn’t been rosy for utility providers in southeast Texas.

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KSAT: CenterPoint exudes chaos, but also appears to be restoring power faster than it previously has

July 11— As millions of Texans swelter in summer heat awaiting air-conditioning and their elected officials feel the pressure to find fault, experts say the power outages raise big-picture questions about how resilient the state, local authorities and residents want electricity infrastructure to be in the face of severe natural disasters that are becoming more common with climate change.

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KHOU 11: Gov. Abbott calls for investigation into power restoration as more than one million customers remain without power

July 11 — On Thursday, with still more than one million CenterPoint customers without power following Hurricane Beryl, Gov. Greg Abbott called for an investigation into the company. That’s according to acting Texas Gov. Dan Patrick. Patrick is acting governor while Abbott is overseas on a trade mission.

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T&D World: Entergy Texas Announces Resiliency Plan to Strengthen the Southeast Texas Power Grid

July 8 — The plan is expected to help customers by reducing future storm restoration costs by approximately $129 million and minimizing the duration of power outages by 4.5 billion minutes.

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KHOU 11: Beryl leaves more than 2 million CenterPoint customers without power in the Houston area

July 8 — Beryl leaves more than 2 million CenterPoint customers without power in the Houston area

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KHOU 11: CenterPoint admits thousands of out-of-town repair crews weren’t staged in the Houston area ahead of Hurricane Beryl

July 8 — The Category 1 storm left millions of CenterPoint customers without power. Crews have to assess the damage before they can begin making repairs.

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NBC DFW: Abbott, Patrick call for “immediate review” of energy grid policies

July 2 —  Monday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R), and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick (R) called for an “immediate review of all policies concerning the grid.”

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PV Magazine: Experts consider speedy utility-scale interconnection in Texas going nationwide

July 1 — Some experts shared data to back up their praise for the “connect and manage” approach used by Texas grid operator ERCOT, while others speaking on an industry panel explained their reservations.

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