Summer is here. Can the grid keep the lights on?
As a heat wave grips large parts of the country and sets heat records coinciding with the start of summer, the U.S. electricity grid has held up.
Even Texas’ electricity system — which has experienced power failures during extreme weather in the past — has seen only scattered localized outages this year despite setting power demand records.
The question is whether that trend can hold if, as forecasters expect, sweltering conditions continue this summer.