What caused the power failure in Texas during its extreme weather event, how an independent grid contributed, and what the state can do to mitigate the impacts of extreme weather
- May 25, 2021 3:31 pm GMT
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America’s famously known independent Southern state, Texas, was hit by a major cold weather event in February causing millions to lose power. At first, the snow and its layering of white sparked feelings of excitement, but those shed quickly as energy depletions caused rolling blackouts into prolonged blackouts, pipe bursts, and freezing homes. For days, the temperature was in the low teens, water supplies were turned off, and boiling advisories were issued. All said and done, the devastating weather event resulted in the deaths of at least 138 people and became one of the costliest weather events in history. The cost of the damages are not yet certain, but they already exceed $10 billion. As the nation reflects on the event and results, questions arise about how and why this happened and attention is drawn to the state’s energy grid and operating system.
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