Energy & Environment

Texas could connect to national power grids without losing autonomy, former grid regulator says

Texas has long refused to connect its decentralized grid to two national power networks, but Hunt Energy Network CEO Pat Wood said the state could do so without additional oversight — and without state Legislature approval.

A power plant
The main switchyard at Vistra Corp.'s Midlothian power plant. This is where the power produced at this plant is transformed into usable energy.

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