New homes fueled Texas power demand ahead of deadly winter storm

Ben Geman
·1 min read

Data: Energy Institute at HAAS; Chart: Axios Visuals

A new post at UC Berkeley's Energy Institute at Haas explores one reason Texas' energy demand got so high during the Arctic blast: lots of new homes to heat.

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The big picture: "No U.S. state has built as many new homes as Texas over the last decade, and most of these homes use electric heat," business professor Lucas Davis writes.

Of note: They tend to be less insulated than homes in cold regions and require lots of power when temperatures plummet, Lucas says.

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