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Incentives to Big Power Conservers Help Texas Grid Beat the Heat

Aug. 16, 2022, 10:00 AM

In February 2021, an extreme winter storm hit the Texas power grid hard, triggering widespread blackouts. This summer’s waves of extreme heat are again putting the electricity network to the test. But this time the system has kept running, thanks in large part to a regulatory quirk that has little to do with environmental sensitivity or civic responsibility and everything to do with cold hard cash.

The state provides a big financial carrot for businesses that reduce their power demand the most on certain peak days, coupled with the smack of a painful stick for those who aren’t as ...