Texas Was 'Seconds and Minutes' Away From Catastrophic Monthslong Blackouts, Officials Say
Saturday February 20, 2021. 05:00 AM , from Slashdot/Apple
'It needed to be addressed immediately,' said Bill Magness, president of ERCOT. 'It was seconds and minutes [from possible failure] given the amount of generation that was coming off the system.' Grid operators had to act quickly to cut the amount of power distributed, Magness said, because if they had waited, 'then what happens in that next minute might be that three more [power generation] units come offline, and then you're sunk.' Magness said on Wednesday that if operators had not acted in that moment, the state could have suffered blackouts that 'could have occurred for months,' and left Texas in an 'indeterminately long' crisis. While generators rapidly dropped off the grid as the weather worsened, operators monitored the difference between the supply of power on the grid and the demand for that power. As supply dwindled and demand grew, the margin narrowed to more and more dangerous levels, forcing grid operators to enact emergency protocols to either increase supply or decrease demand. Further reading: Texas Leaders Ignored Warnings A Decade Ago That Their Power Supply Was In Danger
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