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Days Before Blackouts, One Texas Power Giant Sounded the Alarm

  • Vistra says it warned the state as forecasts hinted at crisis
  • ‘The warning signs were there,’ Vistra says in a statement
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Texas Grid Operator Says Outages Could Have Been Worse
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Vistra Corp., one of the largest power generators in Texas, said it warned state agencies days before cascading blackouts plunged millions into darkness that internal forecasts showed electricity demand was expected to exceed supply.

Despite the warning, “the coordination and planning by authorities across the broader energy sector were seemingly disproportionate to the severity of the situation,” Vistra said in an emailed statement late Sunday. The company didn’t identify which state entities it contacted. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas is the state’s grid operator, while the Texas Public Utility Commission regulates power generators.