A collection of news and commentary on the February 2 rolling blackouts on the ERCOT grid in Texas.
- KVUE: After blackouts, PUC member seeks authority to fire ERCOT CEO
- WFAA: Public Utility Commission grills ERCOT top exec on rolling blackouts
- Associated Press: Railroad Commission questions industry performance
- WFAA: Quest for cheap fuel led to rolling blackouts
- Texas Tribune: Will Texas Blackouts Cause Higher Electric Rates?
- Texas Tribune: An Interview With the CEO of the Texas Grid
- Texas Tribune: The Rolling Chain of Events Behind Texas Blackouts
- Brett Perlman, op-ed in Austin American Statesman: Blackouts raise lots of questions about electricity industry
- Austin American Statesman editorial: Chills and thrills, but now the heat is on
- Loren Steffy, Houston Chronicle: We’re still in the dark on blackouts (Feb. 9) and Why the lights went out (Feb. 11)
- Dallas Morning News editorial: Blackouts raise serious questions about electricity reliability
- Fort Worth Star-Telegram editorial: When the lights went out in Texas, the fingers started pointing
- Fort Worth Star-Telegram (news report): Cold exposes jumble of flaws in Texas electric policies
- Platts Megawatt Daily: Winter storm might bring changes to ERCOT: analysts
Not a complete list of stories by any means, but plenty food for thought. Some of the above will likely be discussed further on this site.
Also, the ERCOT grid has set another winter record, reaching 57,282 MW on Thursday, February 10. ERCOT managed without rolling blackouts this time, offering support for my conjecture that ERCOT and the industry would not be caught unprepared for such a surge so soon after last week’s emergency.
Meanwhile, outside ERCOT, El Paso is still suffering repercussions from problems caused in part by the blackouts imposed by El Paso Electric Company last week, after two of the company’s generators failed. Because El Paso Electric remains a traditionally regulated public utility, the failures there stand as a challenge to anyone trying to pin the blame for ERCOT’s less-regulated, more-competitive market structure. Because El Paso Electric is interconnected to other utilities throughout the western United States, the failures there also stand as a challenge to anyone trying to pin the blame on ERCOT’s policy of electrical isolation from surrounding power systems.*
(*This second “anyone” implicates me. See my “Cold snap brings rolling power outages to Texas; is ERCOT policy of isolation at fault?“)