Texas’ Avoidable Blackout

The isolation of the Texas power grid has become a symbol of the state’s independent streak and resistance to federal oversight in recent years. The massive outages during Winter Storm Uri in 2021 were a wake-up call to the vulnerabilities of Texas’ system. However, crises in Summer 2022 and Winter 2023 were still severe. Now it seems Texas now confronts another avoidable crisis, with record high temperatures approaching and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas warning that these conditions may squeeze reserve margins.

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