Texas Faces Threat of Blackouts After Grid Fails to Secure New Power Supply
Texas is at risk of facing blackouts this winter due to the state's grid failing to secure additional power supply. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) received only 11.1 megawatts of offers from consumers willing to curtail usage during tight conditions, falling short of the sought-after 3,000 megawatts. The grid operator's urgent appeal for spare electricity aimed to avoid an unacceptable risk of a power emergency in extreme conditions. This situation follows the grid's collapse during winter storms in 2021, prompting regulators and lawmakers to find ways to strengthen the state's electricity system. ERCOT predicts a 21% probability of a grid emergency in January, with a nearly 17% chance of rolling blackouts in extreme weather around 8 a.m. local time.