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The Electric Reliability Council of Texas asked Texans to conserve energy this week by putting thermostats at 78 degrees, among other recommended measures.

Reminiscent of when ERCOT asked Texans to conserve energy during the winter freeze, many residents haven't been happy with an electric grid that can't keep up with demand.

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UPDATE: Austin Dollar Tree employees tell Austonia of heat, mistreatment in wake of viral TikTok

The Montopolis Dollar tree, run by one employee, closed earlier this month only after an AC specialist said it was unsafe. (Claire Partain)

It's been a few weeks since a viral TikTok revealed poor working conditions at the Montopolis Dollar Tree in southeast Austin, and employee Maggie Lopez is still feeling its effects.

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Environmental groups call on city to hold off on approving further development at Tesla gigafactory
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A group of environmentalists and other activist groups are calling on the city to withhold permits Tesla has requested, including for a battery cathode facility by the company’s headquarters near the Colorado River.

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