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Texas Officials Study Power Grid Reliability

(Credit: Texas Public utility Commission)

Some electricity companies in Texas are planning to put less money into maintaining and modernizing plants, causing some officials to worry about energy reliability in the state.

The Houston Chronicle reports that electricity companies are seeing less profit as other sources of electricity, such as wind and solar, have entered the market. Some companies are now planning to cease investments in modernizing plants and may begin shutting some down.

The state's wholesale electricity market hasn't been updated to keep up with the power industry's new reliance on renewable sources that are intermittent.

The Public Utility Commission will host a workshop Thursday to see what the state can do to protect the power grid's reliability.

Plants are only required to give 90-day notice before shutting down in Texas.

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