Texas power grid operator asks customers to conserve electricity after six plants go offline

Missouri is a lot of things, but a complete energy policy trainwreck fortunately isn't one of them: That's Texas!

Brad Jones, CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, said in a statement that the company had lost roughly 2,900 megawatts of electricity — or enough to power nearly 600,000 homes, the Texas Tribune reported.

Jones referenced the unseasonably hot weather, saying it was driving the demand for power across the state. Temperatures approaching 100 degrees were forecast from Austin to Dallas over the weekend and into next week.

This being the same ERCOT that was responsible for catastrophic blackouts during a Winter Storm in 2021:

The bitter cold contributed to an overburdened electrical system resulting in rolling power outages or total blackouts for more than 3 million people. On Monday, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which oversees the state's power grid, ordered rotating power outages in an effort to prevent longer, uncontrolled blackouts, NBC Dallas-Forth Worth reported.

It doesn't seem to matter if you're facing sweltering heat or blistering cold, Texas is going to let you down with their free-market energy policies.

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