Millions of Texans lost power during a winter storm in February. Hundreds may have died. And people wondered: “How could this happen in the energy capital of the U.S.?” To understand how we got the electric grid we have in Texas today, you have to understand the electric grid we had up until a little more than 20 years ago — and how a group of power companies, environmentalists, cities and state lawmakers hatched a plan to completely remake it. Did the experiment fail? Hosted by Mose Buchele and produced at KUT & KUTX Studios.
Texas lawmakers passed a law earlier this year requiring power plants to winterize — but what does that really mean? And what about winterizing other things that are needed to make sure the lights don’t go out in a storm again?
Episode 4: The Fallout
So what did state leaders do to make sure something like the February blackout never happens again? And what role did deregulation play in the failure of the Texas power grid?
Bonus: The Great Dam Disaster
A huge catastrophe. Dozens dead. A city without power or water. It’s like a miniature version of the February blackouts. Except this happened more than 100 years ago in Texas — and leaders faced some of the same questions then as they do now.
Bonus: The Black Start
In this mini-episode, we tell what happens next if the Texas power grid were to suffer a catastrophic failure. It almost did in February — and if it had happened, there might have been an even bigger problem. Find a full transcript of this episode here.
Episode Three: The Blackout
The story of how the worst blackout in Texas history unfolded — and left millions of people cold, hungry and with no faith in their state’s power grid. A warning: Some of what you’ll hear in this episode may be disturbing, especially if you lived through this disaster. Find a full transcript of this episode […]
Episode Two: The Electricity Game
How did we get the power grid we have today? Andrew Weber has the story — and it involves football, subterfuge and a whole lot of lobbyists. You can find a full transcript of this episode here.
Are you a Texas resident? Unless you live in El Paso, which is part of the Western Grid, you get your power from the Texas grid, meaning you were left in the cold in February 2021, when historic cold resulted in a statewide power outage that may have resulted in 700 dead and caused billions of dollars in damages. This is the story of how one of the world’s energy providers ran out of energy for its own people - and largely, about how our state government failed us, and people died as a result. Listen to this pod, and then take action. Thank you to KUT and Mose Buchele for a fantastic work of investigative journalism.
The Texas Blackout
Great investigative journalism. I learned more about what really happened. Why not a full episode one the law makers, specifically the governor’s lack of action. You did make some comments but I feel that there is more to that part the story.
Investigative Journalism at its Finest
This podcast deserves top accolades for excellence in journalism and sound editing. So well done. Thanks Mose Buchele for revealing what really happened and why.