Blackouts compared - Texas vs. Europe
- Mar 29, 2021 7:41 am GMT
Texas was hit by a winter storm in February. Power supply to millions of Texans was cut off for hours or even days with catastrophic consequences. The Dutch TSO indicated that such a crisis in the Netherlands is unlikely as Texas is an electric island , while the Netherlands is part of the largest electricity system in the world. But on January 8th, that system malfunctioned. One incident led to a split of the European system in no time. Northwest Europe had a power shortage of 6 GW and the frequency fall sharply. So what's the deal? Does this European interconnected system increase reliability or is it a possible source of failure?
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