This February, a deep and sustained chill sent the Texas energy system into a week-long torpor, which set off a series of cascading failures that were devastating and deadly in their effect. This should not have been a “wake-up call,” but once again it was, because decisionmakers everywhere keep hitting snooze. It’s time to get it right. Read more >
The Texas Power Outages Were A “Wake-Up Call” Only Because Decisionmakers Everywhere Keep Hitting Snooze
March 16, 2021 3:29 PM EDT
February 18, 2021 3:41 PM EDT
Chances are that you’ve already heard about the ongoing power outages in Texas and other nearby states. If you haven’t gotten the message already, the situation is dire and totally unprecedented. In the midst of a historic cold snap, electricity demand has outstripped supply by a massive amount. Faced with no other choice, the electrical grid operator in Texas shut off power to millions of Texans early Monday morning, and many are still without power even now. Read more >
August 18, 2020 5:11 PM EDT
This past weekend, California experienced two consecutive days of power outages, and more are possible in the days to come. Prior to this past week, this type of power outage had not happened in the state since the California Electricity Crisis almost two decades ago.
In the midst of a global pandemic and a west-wide heatwave, rolling blackouts—or rotating outages as the experts call them—are exactly the last thing Californians needed right now. For some, a power outage is just a minor inconvenience, but for others, power outages can be deadly.