ERCOT suggests winter storms could produce rolling blackouts in Texas


The threats of winter storms and their impact on electricity production are being taken more seriously by the people who run ERCOT, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.

Like leaders in Oklahoma still investigate what happened in the 2021 Winter Storm Yuri, ERCOT executives worry about that might happen if a cold snap hits the state this winter. They are talking of possible rolling power outages, just like those that hit the state of Texas last winter right before Christmas.

One such report said that energy officials estimate up to a 17% chance that ERCOT might have to issue orders for controlled blackouts. Such orders are supposed to be a last resort and the last time they were used was in February 2021—the same time Oklahoma experienced rolling blackouts and historic high prices of natural gas.

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