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A look at more than a century of events that led up to the 2021 blackout and what happens now.

Coming soon: Season 2 of 'The Disconnect,' our podcast about the Texas power grid

The Austin Energy Decker Creek Power Station natural gas plant in far east Austin.
Gabriel C. Pérez
The Austin Energy Decker Creek Power Station natural gas plant in far east Austin.

In February 2021, days-long blackouts in Texas left millions of people shivering in the dark. Hundreds died. And it exposed the failures of the only independent power grid in the continental U.S.

More than a year later, the lights have stayed on, but problems persist. Extreme heat this summer is again raising fears of rolling blackouts.

So, how has the Texas grid changed? And how has it changed how people think about this infrastructure that used to be invisible to them?

KUT's Mose Buchele explores those questions in season two of The Disconnect: Power, Politics and the Texas Blackout.

Coming in August.

Listen to the trailer below and subscribe here.

The Disconnect Season 2 is a project of The Texas Newsroom, the collaboration among NPR and the public radio stations in the state. It received support from FRONTLINE’s Local Journalism Initiative, which is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Matt Largey is the Projects Editor at KUT. That means doing a little bit of everything: editing reporters, producing podcasts, reporting, training, producing live events and always being on the lookout for things that make his ears perk up. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on Twitter @mattlargey.
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