Lt. Gov.: Burst Water Pipes Led To Power Outages

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Burst water pipes at two coal-fired power plants forced them to shut down, triggering rolling power cuts across the state, the lieutenant governor said Wednesday.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said this is something that "should not
happen."

Dewhurst said he was told that water pipes at two plants, Oak
Grove and Sand Hill, forced them to cut electricity production.
Natural gas power plants that should have provided back up had
difficulty starting due to low pressure in the supply lines, also
caused by the cold weather.

The lieutenant governor said the demand placed on the Texas grid
was nowhere near peak capacity. He said he was frustrated by the
situation.

The statewide electricity authority ordered cities across the
state to start rolling power outages to cope with the crisis.

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