Texas Senate Votes To Require Regulators To Study Power Plant Reliability

Texas – The Texas Senate has voted to require regulators to study whether the state's power generators can handle severe weather.

Texas had rolling blackouts in February. Arctic weather sunk temperatures into single digits and knocked out more than 80 power stations.

Monday's vote calls for the state Public Utility Commission and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas to study emergency operations plans at power plants and report their findings to the Legislature in 2012.

The report is to cover cold and hot weather emergencies.

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