Texas power grid under scrutiny with higher electricity prices : The Indicator from Planet Money In 2021, a huge winter storm hit Texas. It caused a days-long blackout that resulted in hundreds of deaths. The Texas grid operator adopted a new policy to guard against another blackout: it would incentivize plants to keep power in reserve. The problem is: that may have caused major price spikes.

Today, we make sense of the reserve policy, increased electricity prices, and the future of Texas' unique energy market.

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ESG bans cost Texas (Apple Podcasts / Spotify)

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Texas' new power grid problem

Texas' new power grid problem

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A Fiesta Mart in Austin, Texas notes its closure in the winter of 2021.
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In 2021, a huge winter storm hit Texas. It caused a days-long blackout that resulted in hundreds of deaths. The Texas grid operator adopted a new policy to guard against another blackout: it would incentivize plants to keep power in reserve. The problem is: that may have caused major price spikes.

Today, we make sense of the reserve policy, increased electricity prices, and the future of Texas' unique energy market.

Related Episodes:
ESG bans cost Texas (Apple Podcasts/Spotify)

For sponsor-free episodes of The Indicator from Planet Money, subscribe to Planet Money+ via Apple Podcasts or at plus.npr.org.