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· Blackouts Cascade Beyond Texas in Deepening Power Crisis
· Rolling blackouts planned due to extreme cold
Blackouts Cascade Beyond Texas in Deepening Power Crisis
Javier Blas, Brian K. Sullivan and Naureen S. Malik, Bloomberg
via MSN News - Feb 15, 2021
(Bloomberg) -- Blackouts triggered by frigid weather have spread to more than four million homes and businesses across the central U.S. and extended into Mexico in a deepening energy crisis that’s already crippled the Texas power grid.
After millions in Texas lost electricity, the operator of the grid spanning 14 states from North Dakota to Oklahoma ordered utilities to start rotating outages to protect the system from failing amid surging demand for electricity.
“In our history as a grid operator, this is an unprecedented event,” the Southwest Power Pool said in a statement Monday.
The brutal cold striking Texas -- the capital of the U.S. energy industry and home of some of the world’s largest oil and gas companies -- is emblematic of a world facing more unpredictable weather due to the rising impact of climate change. The outages also underscore the growing vulnerability of the grid as the globe moves away from fossil fuels to an all-electrified system increasingly reliant on renewable energy.
By mid-afternoon, 3.8 million customers were without power across Texas, according to Poweroutage.us, which aggregates outages from utility websites. More than 225,000 others were down in Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana and elsewhere.
In Mexico, at least 400,000 homes, businesses and other users lost power as the cold in Texas triggered a natural gas shortage and forced power plants offline. About 60% of those impacted had their power restored by midday, according to the grid operator, Cenace.
In Dallas, temperatures will rise from a low of 2 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 17 degrees Celsius) late Monday to high of 29 by Wednesday under falling snow and ice, the National Weather Service said. By late Thursday, readings will drop back into the teens.
Such weather conditions are very rare in much of Texas, and they have unleashed chaos on the ground. In Houston, the state’s largest city, roads are iced over and there are long lines to refill household propane canisters. Firewood is selling out.
Besides the human impact, the cold is wreaking havoc on the energy industry itself...
Rolling blackouts planned due to extreme cold
via KTIC (Nebraska) - February 15, 2021
Rolling blackouts are taking place as energy suppliers work to keep the midwest power grid stable as the demand for power soars.
Due to an unprecedented energy demand during record low temperatures, the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), the regional reliability coordinator, has notified utilities within its regional footprint that energy curtailments are required.
SPP declared an Energy Emergency Alert Level 3, which means utilities across the SPP region have been instructed to begin rotating planned outages because there is not enough power available to keep up with customer demand.
Rotating planned outages are controlled, temporary interruptions of electrical service implemented by utilities when it is necessary for SPP to reduce demand on the system.
This type of demand reduction is only used as a last resort to preserve the reliability of the electric grid...
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