Texas power outage: Abbott calls for legislative item on ERCOT


Gov. Abbott’s office despatched a launch on the item Tuesday, which means legislators are being requested to analyze ERCOT.

AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Greg Abbott is making the power outage state of affairs in Texas an emergency item throughout this legislative session.

By doing that, he’s calling for an investigation into the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, to give you options to verify the state by no means experiences an outage just like the one we’re in now.

 “The Electric Reliability Council of Texas has been anything but reliable over the past 48 hours,” stated Governor Abbott. “Far too many Texans are without power and heat for their homes as our state faces freezing temperatures and severe winter weather.”

How does ERCOT work and what occurred with this outage?

Below is a report from KHOU 11’s Marcelino Benito on ERCOT and the outage

ERCOT manages the circulation of electrical energy to greater than 25 million Texas prospects.

The grid is made up of 4 elements:

  • Electricity mills like power vegetation
  • Transmission strains
  • Distribution networks
  • Finally client use AKA your private home.

ERCOT dispatches power on an electrical grid that connects greater than 46,500 miles of transmission strains and a whole lot of power vegetation in Texas. Sunday evening’s storm led to unprecedented demand – a brand new document of greater than 69,000 megawatt hours.

There simply was not sufficient power to produce the grid as power vegetation throughout the state had been crippled by the frigid climate.

“A number generation plants taken offline, wind turbines frozen over in various parts of the state, one of four nuclear plants had to be taken away,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said Monday. “Huge demand, very limited supply. A system wide failure across the state.” 

When ERCOT declared an emergency, CenterPoint, the company who delivers the power to Houston-area properties, had no alternative however to start out rolling blackouts and now lengthy lasting outages. In different phrases,  as a result of it is a power technology downside as an alternative of a transmission downside, CenterPoint can not straight handle the state of affairs.

Your native electrical company cannot do something both. That means it may take even longer to get power again. Perhaps even into Tuesday.