Texas Outages Blamed on Cold

From Wall Street Journal

The operator of the Texas power grid blamed rolling blackouts earlier this month on frozen equipment at plants unprepared for unusually cold weather, and a federal agency said it would conduct an inquiry into the outages.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said Monday it had initiated the staff inquiry into the recent electricity and natural-gas outages in Texas, as well as New Mexico and nearby states.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, an independent agency that runs the state’s grid, issued a preliminary report Monday saying frozen pipes, valves and control equipment caused the Feb. 2 failure of as many as 82 of the state’s more than 500 power plants.

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