Tell this to your freezing grandma.
AND former Secretary of Energy, let's not forget.
But the idea that the "separate" ERCOT grid is the problem doesn't make sense. The main problem is that our "firm" generating capacity includes a lot of thermal plants which burn interruptible gas. That's a nation-wide problem.
@publius yes and we also seem to have a problem with lack of weatherization and no incentive to fix that. “The market” does not encourage seemingly low-payoff moves that protect from unlikely events.
Under the prevailing arrangements, the generating companies don't have any responsibility to ensure continuity of supply. I see this as a problem, but apparently that opinion is not particularly widespread.
I can testify that the fuel oil tanks, for use during a gas interruption, at the Handley steam station in east Fort Worth were removed a decade ago. Of course gas-turbine plants don't have that option to begin with (burning heavy oil eats up turbine blades).
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