Texas state power grid up against a wall this winter

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Ercot, the Texas electricity grid is facing a potentially serious problem this winter—not enough electrical power to deal with severe storms.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas didn’t receive enough offers in its effort to procure up to 3,000 megawatts for December through February. It only received 11.1 megawatts of offers from consumers who had promised to cut usage during tight conditions, stated Ercot in a statement.

Like Oklahoma, Texas has dealt with power challenges stemming from the 2021 Winter Storm Uri. But in Texas, the storm left hundreds dead because of the loss of power over long periods of time. Ercot had appealed to consumers to spare electricity in the event of another winter of challenging storms.

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