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60% of Texans Don’t Trust The Grid to Deliver Power Without Blackouts This Summer

On Sunday, the University of Texas at Tyler and The Dallas Morning News published a poll that shows how Texans feel, six months later, about the collapse of the power grid during the February winter storm. 

The poll was conducted between June 22nd and June 29th and has a margin of error of 3.4%. Gov. Abbott’s response and actions to the crisis that left millions of Texans without power during various days in February is not well evaluated: 51% of the people polled believe that Mr. Abbott’s response was “not well” or “not well at all”

Texas voters are losing confidence in the power grid. Only 39% believe that the state’s electricity can withstand heatwaves and spike demands during the summer. A whopping 72% of black voters do not trust the power grid during summer, the poll showed. 

As summer began, the Texas power grid started to fail. In early June, ERCOT issued a Conservation Alert since some of their plants failed and they weren’t able to withstand the demand of Texans. As of today, there are plenty of explanations to be made by ERCOT officials as to why they failed and if this will continue to happen during summer, but Texas voters are starting to take note of this, as the poll showed. 

Written by RA News staff.


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