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Texas Calls for Power Conservation After Six Generators Fail

  • Gas-fired plants make up all generation that failed: Ercot
  • West Texas to see extreme heat in some spots next week
Ppower lines near Monahans, Texas.

Ppower lines near Monahans, Texas.

Photographer: Matthew Busch/Bloomberg
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The Texas grid operator called on residents to conserve energy Friday after six generation facilities tripped offline amid hot weather, prompting power prices to spike.

The power-plant failures resulted in a loss of about 2,900 megawatts of electricity, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas said in an email statement Friday. That’s enough power for about 580,000 homes and businesses. Natural-gas fired plants make up all of the generation that failed, an Ercot spokesman said.