Nebraska Governor Reacts To "Rolling Blackouts"

Governor Pete Ricketts says the power interruptions in Nebraska because of the weather-related disaster in Texas "are totally unacceptable."

"This is the United States of America; we are not some developing nation with an unreliable power grid here," Ricketts said.

The Governor says he will be talking with state senators, other governors and utility executives to make sure this does not happen in the future.

"We have to have a conversation in this country about our energy mix to make sure we have reliable sources of energy like coal, like nuclear, to be able to make sure this does not happen again."

Local utilities like OPPD and NPPD are part of the "Southwest Power Pool," which can order local companies to power down to equalize loads on the power grid during emergencies like in Texas.

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