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Texas Gets Power Supply-Chain Map to Aid Disaster Response

  • State adopts map more than a year after deadly winter storm
  • Map helps pinpoint critical grid infrastructure in emergencies
Pumpjacks and power lines amid the cold snap in Midland, Texas in Feb. 2021.

Pumpjacks and power lines amid the cold snap in Midland, Texas in Feb. 2021.

Photographer: Matthew Busch/Bloomberg

Texas has a new map that identifies critical pipelines and facilities needed to keep the power grid stable during winter storms and catastrophes.

Adopted more than 14 months after a winter storm knocked out the state’s power grid and killed hundreds, the Electricity Supply Chain Map identifies power plants as well as natural gas pipelines and facilities that supply fuel to them. State emergency management officials will use the map during weather emergencies and disasters to pinpoint critical electric and natural gas facilities and their emergency contacts.