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AARP Texas Weighs in Big After Devastating Winter Storm

In the wake of Texa​s' calamitous mid-February winter storm, public and media attention focused recently on legislative probes into the causes and outcomes of widespread power outages. As a respected consumer voice, AARP Texas worked to shape the conversation around the concerns of seniors, medically vulnerable Texans and their families.

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We launched a barrage of advocacy and communications tactics. Among them: a day-long storm of live tweeting, a Convio email and story-collection survey that yielded 4,000+ responses, a barrage of media interviews, a continuation of blog, podcast and social media blasts, and a letter to legislators that urges action on the "systemic issues that led to the Texas blackouts" and a continued focus on "long-term solutions" to "protect critical care facilities and consumers." 

The media interviews on an array of consumer-focused utilities issues were conducted primarily by ASD Tim Morstad. The interviews helped influence opinion articles, such as this Sunday, Feb. 28 Austin American-Statesman editorial, "Design the Texas power system to protect consumers." It also yielded roughly a dozen significant news media hits quoting Morstad, including national-reach stories by Reuters and The Wall Street Journal.​

​News Coverage​
​Here are some of the recent news stories about the power outages and our utilities-related advocacy that quote our in-house utilities expert Tim Morstad:
Reuters, Feb. 26 
Texas power crisis could cripple small marketers unravel market deregulation.
The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 24
Texas Electric Bills Were $28 Billion High Under Deregulation
​Houston Chronicle, Feb. 24, Griddy came to TX to disrupt the power market, but can it survive?

​​ABC 13 Investigates consumers' pain after years of power grid neglect

​The Texas Tribune, Feb. 22
Power companies get exactly what they want.
​The Texas Tribune, Feb. 22
Texans blindsided by massive electric bills await details of Gov Gre Abbott's promised relief
Texas Public Radio, Feb 20
Public Utility Commission Decision May Enable Largest Electricity Providers In Texas To Become More Powerful

State Director Tina Tran speaks with ASD and resident utilities expert Tim Morstad during a Feb. 23 Facebook Live broadcast about the winter storm, what went wrong and what AARP is doing now.

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