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Friday, August 5th, 2011

State comes close to rolling blackouts

After more triple-digit temperatures and continued skyrocketing power demand, the Texas electric grid operator warned of a "high probability" of rolling blackouts, although as of 5 p.m. Thursday the danger appeared to have abated. The situation is not expected to be markedly different on Friday.

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

At blackout hearings, big political donors questioned

The power companies and execs at today's hearing on the rolling blackouts this month were familiar faces to the senators asking the tough questions. Over the years, they've helped bankroll the lawmakers' political campaigns.

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

The rolling chain of events behind Texas blackouts

A state senator says a chain reaction of problems involving the state's coal and gas plants appeared to be the cause — and wind plants were having trouble too. So far no blackouts have been ordered today....

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

ERCOT ends emergency blackouts

Power out at your house? You've got good company — 400,000 other Texans, as of noon today. But as of this afternoon, the lights (and heat) should be coming back on.

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Blackouts roll through San Marcos

ERCOT, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, ordered rolling power brownouts Wednesday in San Marcos and across Texas as part of a statewide response to heavy power demand caused by cold winter weather.