Natural gas-fired electric generators made up a majority of the failures identified by FERC during an inquiry into the extreme cold weather that rattled power markets in Texas and the Midwest in February.


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, in a joint effort with the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC), found freezing generator components and fuel issues as the two main causes of generator outages during the high-profile cold snap. Regulators called for stronger winterization efforts along with better coordination and planning from the electric and natural gas industries.

The intense wave of frigid temperatures, dubbed Winter Storm Uri, dove deep into the Lower 48, causing a host of disruptions to energy systems, especially in Texas. 

Widespread blackouts...