- A new report has revealed that Texas could again be at risk of widespread power outages in extreme winter conditions.
- The state continues to grapple with the fallout from the deadly February storms that left millions of people without electricity and water.
- In the event of a storm, the Texas power grid is expected to run out of 37% of the state’s total energy requirements.
Residents of Lone Star State could have another long and difficult winter ahead.
Texas is again threatened with widespread power outages if extreme weather conditions strike this season, according to a new report from the nonprofit North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), a poignant warning after the state was devastated by severe storms earlier this year.
While NERC has also indicated a risk to other parts of the South and Midwest, the greatest risk remains in Texas, which is expected to be 37% less than the supply of total energy needed during a storm.
The assessment comes as the state continues to grapple with the fallout from the historic February storms that brought freezing temperatures, snow and ice and left millions of Texans without power or clean water for days. The unprecedented time is gone 210 dead and led to more than $ 50 billion in damage, prompting the Biden administration to declare a national disaster in the state.
In the aftermath, many residents also faced numerous billing and insurance issues, forcing some to pay astronomical electricity bills of over $ 1,000 a day as their plans were tied to wholesale tariffs. .
“Winter storm Uri exposed vulnerabilities in our electricity and natural gas systems during long periods of widespread cold weather,” Mark Olson, reliability assessments manager at NERC, said in a press release. “The industry has taken important steps to prepare for extreme weather conditions this winter, but our existing production fleet and fuel infrastructure remain exposed in many areas. “
To further mitigate outages, NERC said power companies should take proactive steps to prepare for extreme winter conditions, including implementing emergency operating plans, conducting exercises and interviewing generators on fuel status and availability.
“To withstand extreme weather conditions, we rely on our grid managers to proactively monitor the generating fleet, adjust operating plans and keep lines of communication open,” Olson said in a press release.
According to News 4 San AntonioThe Electric Reliability Council of Texas – the company that operates the Texas power grid – plans to inspect 300 power plants over the course of 21 days in December in an effort to avoid power outages.
“To see what could happen in extreme cases in ERCOT, I think it’s very disappointing and something that we have to see how we can rectify,” said John Moura, director of reliability assessment of the NERC, at News 4.