A Tale of Two Grids: Texas and California
- Mar 4, 2021 5:04 pm GMT
After Texas plunged into darkness and cold for much of an entire week, its grid operator told an apoplectic state legislature that “unlike California” and other regions in earlier years, Texas had avoided a full-on grid collapse by selectively interrupting service for large parts of the state. After a week of hardship, privation and at least 80 deaths, millions of Texans took no comfort from this assertion. And although both California and Texas recently faced traumatic weather events, the consequences for electric system reliability were dramatically different. Still, both underscore the need for electricity system reforms in an era of increasingly frequent extreme climate events.
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