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Texas cancels power emergency, conservation needed

(Fox4-TV News) HOUSTON – Frozen valves, control equipment and transducers at Texas’ largest power plants caused emergency rolling outages on some of the coldest days of the year, and it remains unclear whether plant operators properly prepared and maintained their facilities for winter, state power regulators said Thursday.

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The Electric Reliability Council of Texas cancelled the emergency procedures on Thursday after recovering more than half of the 8,000 megawatts of electricity lost a day earlier. But ERCOT called on residents to continue conserving power as 3,000 megawatts remain offline while frigid temperatures and the threat of ice and snow lingers over Texas.

The equipment that froze should have been insulated as part of the power plants’ preparation for winter, ERCOT’s CEO Trip Doggett said. ERCOT and the Public Utility Commission are looking into whether insulation at the 50 plants that failed was done properly or whether it was inadequate for the unusually frigid temperatures.

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