Texas starts rolling power outages to cope with deep freeze

(Reuters) – The state of Texas continued to reel under a deep freeze, leaving utilities scrambling to meet record power demand and forcing the state’s grid operator to enforce rotating blackouts early on Monday. Apart from Texas, much of the United States from the Pacific Northwest through the Great Plains and into the mid-Atlantic states has been in the grip of bone-chilling weather over the weekend, featuring snow, sleet and freezing rain. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has sought to cut power use in response to winter record of 69,150 MW on Sunday evening, more than 3,200 MW higher than the previous winter peak in January 2018. Reserves have dropped below 1,000 MW and transmission companies have been ordered to reduce demand on system, ERCOT said. “Traffic lights and other infrastructure may be temporarily without power,” the agency said on Twitter here. A level three emergency notice was issued by the regulator, urging customers to limit power usage and prevent an uncontrolled system-wide outage. The National Weather Service said that an Arctic air mass had spread southwards, well beyond areas accustomed to freezing weather, with winter storm warnings posted for most of the Gulf Coast region, Oklahoma and Missouri.… continue reading

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