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Texas Seeks a Way Forward in Wake of Outages

ERCOT Blame Share: Weather (54%); Equipment (14%), Gas (12%)

“Weather-related” issues accounted for most of February’s widespread and lengthy outages in Texas, far more than equipment failures or lack of gas, ERCOT said. | Luminant

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NE Grid Uses a Fraction of Storage Capability, FirstLight Says

FirstLight Power’s CEO says the deregulated wholesale electricity markets are doing “a terrible job of valuing storage.” | FirstLight Power

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