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How to know the difference between a local power outage and rolling blackouts

(Eddie Gaspar/The Texas Tribune)

Last week, Texans were asked twice to voluntarily conserve energy at home as record demand put stress on the power grid.

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Texas grid operator urges electricity conservation as heat wave drives up demand

(Julia Robinson/REUTERS)

By Sneha Dey and Mitchell Ferman

With a punishing heat wave across Texas driving record high power demand, The Electric Reliability Council of Texas late Sunday sent out a request that Texans cut back on their energy use on Monday.

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Gas, nuclear and coal plants power Austin Energy to make $54 million during winter freeze, while 40% of Austin suffered without electricity
(Kyndel Bennett)

Austin Energy estimates it earned $54 million in net revenue during the winter weather event last month, according to a voluntary event notice filed by the city of Austin with the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board on Monday.

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