Bill 3 paves the way for a more weather-resistant Texas grid
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- Jun 9, 2021 9:09 pm GMTJun 9, 2021 6:19 pm GMT
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In recent years, it’s become obvious that the 21st century’s increasingly volatile weather is too much for our 19th century grid. Perhaps nowhere is this point more clear than in Texas. In February, the state’s grid was brought to its knees by three nasty winter storms. About half of Texas residents lost power, some for more than several days. It's estimated that 151 people died because of the outages.
After the disaster, the Lonestar State began preparations to mitigate future problems. Heading into Summer 2021, Texas boasts an on-peak reserve margin of 15.3 percent, up from 12.9 percent last year. However, it should be noted that most of that jump has come by the way of new wind generation and battery storage—not exactly the most desirable resources during an emergency. In fact, on a number of occasions in recent years, wind has failed Texas when the power was needed most.