According to Texas officials, the state was mere minutes away from catastrophic power grid failure...which is a scary thought. The power grids in our country should NOT be so easily disturbed.
NBC News reports that the grid was “seconds or minutes” away from major failure on Sunday night. That is allegedly why the state imposed rolling outages.
ERCOT officials just said the Texas power grid was seconds or minutes — not hours — away from catastrophic failure if rolling outages had not been imposed starting Sunday night
— Gabe Gutierrez (@gabegutierrez) February 18, 2021
On Thursday, Energy Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) stated that they made “significant progress” in restoring power.
“We’re to the point in the load restoration where we are allowing transmission owners to bring back any load they can related to this load shed event,” ERCOT Senior Director of System Operations Dan Woodfin said. “We will keep working around the clock until every single customer has their power back on.”
PowerOutage.us reports that just under 500,000 Texas customers remain without electricity. This is down from more than four million customers who were in the dark earlier this week.
ERCOT officials previously stated that had the power grid collapsed, it would take weeks or months to restore power statewide.
“At approximately 1:25 a.m. this morning [Feb 15] , ERCOT entered its third and highest level of emergency operations because electric demand is exceeding the available supply,” officials said at the time. “Controlled outages are occurring to protect the electric grid from uncontrolled, cascading outages.”
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