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Texas Lawmakers Advance Bills to Prevent Another Energy Crisis

  • Measures target variable-rate power plans, weatherization
  • Emergency legislation now heads to Texas House floor
A worker repairs a power line in Austin, Texas, U.S., on Feb. 18. 
Photographer: Thomas Ryan Allison/Bloomberg

Texas lawmakers advanced at least five bills meant to prevent a repeat of February’s energy crisis that left millions in the dark during a deep winter freeze.

The measures, which include one that would require power plants to winterize their facilities and another banning electricity providers from offering plans tied to the volatile wholesale market, cleared a House committee Thursday. The bills now head to the full chamber for debate. They include: