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ERCOT made an announcement that the texas Power Grid was “seconds and minutes” away from a catastrophic failure that could have left Texans in the dark for months.  ERCOT was dangerously close to the worst-case scenario: UNCONTROLLED BLACKOUTS across the state!

It was the decision that the grid operators made in the early hours of Monday morning to begin rolling blackouts that lasted days would keep the grid from totally going dark.  This decision was made after natural gas-powered plants, utility-scale wind power, and coal plants kept going offline due to the sub-freezing temperatures.  At the same time, demand was increasing as consumers and businesses turned up the heat and stayed inside to avoid the weather.

As reported by the Texas Tribune, Bill Magness the president of ERCOT was quoted  “It needed to be addressed immediately, It was seconds and minutes [from possible failure] given the amount of generation that was coming off the system.” The worst-case scenario would have caused the power generation equipment available on the grid to catch fire and substations to blow and power lines to go down. Since Texas has its own power grid. It has limited connections to other grids in the Eastern US and Mexico But in this week’s storm, so much power went offline that those grids couldn’t come close to narrowing the gap   Those girds were also being affected by the storm.

I have seen so many posts about why this has happened that have turned political. REALLY? Can't we just agree that the situation was horrible and the Texas grid was not prepared and move on!  No politics needed.  Stay safe and stay warm my friends.


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