Texas Was “Seconds And Minutes” Away From A Catastrophic Months-Long Blackout

Texas was 'seconds and minutes' away from 'monthslong' power outages Bill Magness, pictured, the CEO of ERCOT said Thursday as he defended the grid's rolling blackouts
Daily Mail: Texas was 'seconds' away from 'months-long' power outage, ERCOT's embattled CEO says, as grid operator defends rolling blackouts that cut electricity to millions
* A week of freezing temperatures knocked about a third of the state's generating capacity offline, resulting in the greatest forced blackout in U.S. history * The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, operates the power grid that covers most of the state and was behind the decision to have rolling blackouts * That left up to 4 million people enduring outages in subfreezing temperatures * CEO Bill Magness said Thursday that if operators had not acted 'immediately' the state would have faced an 'indeterminately long' electricity crisis * He said: 'It was seconds and minutes [from possible failure]' Texas was 'seconds and minutes' away from 'months-long' power outages the embattled CEO of ERCOT said Thursday as he defended the grid's rolling blackouts.
A week of below-freezing temperatures knocked about a third of the state's generating capacity offline, resulting in the greatest forced blackout in U.S. history and exposing weaknesses of Texas' unique approach to power grid management.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, operates the power grid that covers most of the state and was behind the decision to have rolling blackouts which left up to 4 million people enduring outages in subfreezing temperatures.
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Update: Texas was "seconds and minutes" away from catastrophic monthslong blackouts, officials say (Texas Tribune)
WNU Editor: I was living in Montreal, Quebec when we had an ice-storm that knocked out our grid for a few weeks in January, 1998 (see here). What brought down the grid was structural damage. Our major transmission lines collapsed from the weight of the ice. In my case we had no power for 10 days, and the temperature in our house went down to 5 degrees Celsius (it was minus 20 Celsius outside).
There are many who are calling for Texas to adopt a "green-climate" strategy to their power needs. That is not the lesson that Quebec learned or adopted from our grid collapse. In Quebec the transmission lines were reinforced for a worse case scenario, and the grid within our cities are now underground. For Texas, they have many options to make sure this does not happen again, and winterizing their grid should be at the top of the list.
There are many in Texas who are also now pushing to heavily regulate the operators. That will not solve the crisis nor prevent the next one. In Quebec our grid is run and owned by the government, and it is as heavily regulated. That did not stop the disaster that occurred in 1998, and it will not prevent the next one when it happens. Weather by its nature is unpredictable. The only thing that we can do is adjust, and be prepared to repair the damage when it does occur.Original Article

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