North Texas readies energy infrastructure for winter
(KTEN) — North Texas cities and counties are working to make sure their energy infrastructure is ready for winter as temperatures continue to drop.
Denison is installing generators that the city ordered after previous winter storms to support essential services.
"We've got two at our water treatment plant currently; we've got one at our pump station, we ordered one for Fire Station 2, and then one here at City Hall," city spokesperson Emily Agans said. "The police department already has one that's up and operating."
Fannin County is continuing work with a contractor to construct a second battery storage facility.
"Whenever energy gets low, then they dump the electricity into the system," explained Fannin County Judge Randy Moore. "The whole idea is to prevent the blackouts like we experienced."
The battery facilities are set to be completed in next year.
The Grayson-Collin Energy Cooperative provides electricity to customers across the two counties. They are keeping an eye on weather forecasts to prepare their systems and keep crews ready to deploy for repairs when needed.
"In '21, we actually had crews here before the storm ever hit," said CEO David McGinnis. "We get prepped, we get the trucks prepped, and we roll them as needed"
Meanwhile on a state level, Texas officials released a proposal to shore up the state's energy grid and ensure a steady supply if demand spikes.
"Our power supply co-op is working through the analysis," McGinnis said. "I think it's always a good idea to have enough generation to cover everything, and I think that's the ultimate goal."