Federal Regulator Calls for Tougher Power Plant Standards Following Texas Freeze

Federal energy regulators recommended more stringent cold-weather standards for power plants and natural-gas supply networks after investigating the blackouts that crippled Texas during a freeze in February.

In a preliminary report released Thursday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the nonprofit organization that helps set best practices for utilities, the North American Electric Reliability Corp., outlined the reasons for the cascading failures that left millions of people in Texas without power for days, and led to more than 200 deaths.