Mose Buchele


Mose Buchele is the Austin-based broadcast reporter for KUT's NPR partnership StateImpact Texas . He has been on staff at KUT 90.5  since 2009, covering local and state issues.



Mose Buchele appears in the following:

Regulators warn much of U.S. power grid is vulnerable to major winter storms

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Experts warn that the power grid across much of the nation, especially in parts of the Southwest, are vulnerable to major winter storms like the one in Texas in 2021 that killed more than 250 people.


The Texas power grid struggles through heatwave

Friday, September 08, 2023

Earlier this week, Texas came close to a blackout. Another heat wave had people using their air conditioners into the evenings because temperatures didn't cool off. The grid nearly couldn't keep up.


Texas; fragile power grid is holding up through increased demand due to extreme heat

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Much of the southern part of the U.S. is under a heat advisory this week. In Texas, the heat is so extreme it's taxing the power grid.


Extreme heat continues to grip much of the Southern U.S.

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Millions of people are under heat advisories. Texas is experiencing some of the worst heat where high temperature records continue to be broken.


Texas is a leader in renewable energy. Local politicians want to change that

Sunday, May 14, 2023

Oil-rich Texas produces more wind power and, soon, more solar power than anywhere else in the country. Now state lawmakers want to cut renewable power off at the knees.


Two years later, the 2021 blackout still shapes what it means to live in Texas

Friday, February 17, 2023

The blackout continues to haunt those who experienced it.


Ice-laden trees have caused widespread power outages in Austin, Texas

Sunday, February 05, 2023

Ice-laden trees have been blamed for widespread power outages in Austin, Texas, this week. More than a hundred thousand households lost power for days.


It's Texas' hottest summer ever. Can the electric grid handle people turning up AC?

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

A heatwave in Texas has stressed the state's isolated electricity grid. A new podcast from KUT explores the future of the power grid and whether it'll hold up as residents use more air conditioning.


Texas stumbles in its effort to punish green financial firms

Friday, April 29, 2022

A new Texas law that penalizes financial institutions trying to go green is full of loopholes, and is straight up ignored. But other states are following Texas's punitive approach all the same.


Texas targets financial firms that practice climate-conscious investing

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Texas lawmakers want to pull money from companies accused of "boycotting" oil and gas. Implementing the rule is tricky. This story was done with Floodlight, an environmental news collaborative.


Texas and other states want to 'boycott' fossil fuel divestment

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

A Texas model law was written by the head of a group that opposes climate action and takes money from fossil fuel interests. It could shift billions away from major investment firms.


Companies that divest from fossil fuel could face a state boycott in Texas

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

As threats from climate change grow, big financial firms are betting on the energy transition. But that's provoked a conservative backlash, with Texas leading states aiming to boycott such funds.


Texas officials order power plant operators to prepare for winter hazards

Tuesday, December 07, 2021

Nearly a year since the worst blackout in Texas history, the state has ordered power plants to better prepare for winter. But the changes so far won't be enough if there's another record freeze.


Texas Hones Solutions To Keep Drivers Away From Flash Floods

Friday, September 17, 2021

Over half of flood deaths in the U.S. happen on roads, a risk that's growing with the warming climate. Texas has dealt with flash flooding for generations, and has lessons to share.


Lawsuits Filed In Texas Allege Price Gouging During Recent Blackouts

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

The blackouts that hit Texas earlier this year caused billions of dollars in debt for some utilities when natural gas prices skyrocketed. That's led to lawsuits over alleged price gouging.


Heat Wave Has Sparked Another Round Of Grid Problems In Texas

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

The Texas electric grid is facing problems during a heat wave this week, fueling frustration that lawmakers have still not helped those who suffered during a devastating blackout back in February.


Texas Lawmakers Passed Changes To Prevent Blackouts. Experts Say They're Not Enough

Wednesday, June 02, 2021

After February's deadly power outages, new legislation would mandate winterizing parts of the state's energy system. But lawmakers took a pass on major market reforms to make the grid more resilient.


Months After Texas Blackouts, Critics Say Lawmakers Aren't Doing Enough

Friday, May 28, 2021

After February's deadly blackout, Texas lawmakers are taking steps to protect energy infrastructure from a cold freeze. But critics say they're not going far enough to prevent another disaster.


Texas Lawmakers Debate Measures To Protect Against Future Power Failures

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

After deadly blackouts gripped Texas in February, state lawmakers vowed to protect people from future power failures. But now, lawmakers are debating measures that critics say could do the opposite.


Texas Officials Debate Over How To Prevent Another Crisis Like The Storm Blackouts

Friday, March 19, 2021

In Texas, the economic and political fallout from last month's massive blackouts continues, as does the blame game over them. Lawmakers are also debating how to prevent another such crisis.