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The Electric Reliability Council of Texas lost roughly 2,900 megawatts of electricity. That's enough to power nearly 600,000 homes. CEO Brad Jones said the unseasonably hot weather was driving the demand for power across the state. He asked residents to conserve electricity.

Temperatures approaching 100 degrees were forecast from Austin to Dallas over the weekend and into next week. The executive asked customers to set their thermostats to 78 degrees and avoid using large appliances in the afternoon and early evening. The non-profit manages power for 90 percent of Texas' electrical grid.

The company's CEO was fired and six board members — including the chairwoman and chairman — resigned. State lawmakers responded with a raft of legislation aimed at making the grid more resilient to a brutal winter storm. Nearly a year later, an investigation by NBC News and the Texas Tribune found that the grid remained vulnerable.
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