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Blackouts compared - Texas vs. Europe

Paul Giesbertz's picture
Head Advisor Statkraft

Works in electricity industry since 1988 - now for Statkraft - board member of EFET - writes for Energeia/Trilemma

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  • Mar 29, 2021

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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Matt Chester on Mar 29, 2021

Do you think operators in Europe are properly looking to somewhere like Texas to learn what can and might not work, and vice versa? Are we globalizing enough in what the power industry is observing? 

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