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Biden Administration Approved Texas Power Request, Contrary to False Claim

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The U.S. Department of Energy approved a request to allow power plants in snowstorm-battered Texas to temporarily bypass some environmental limits during its energy crisis, in order to produce more power. Viral headlines falsely claim the department rejected the request.


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On Feb. 14, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Energy requesting an emergency order to permit power plants in its market “to operate up to their maximum generation output levels,” within some limitations.

ERCOT runs the grid that serves the vast majority of Texas, and the state was facing down an brought on by freezing temperatures and a severe winter storm —

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