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Sr Director, Power Market, Evoqua Water Technologies

Executive with proven track record leading teams in both industrial and municipal global markets. Over 23 years of experience in water and energy industries. Focus on understanding...

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  • Feb 17, 2021

Texas has one of the most advanced and progressive energy systems in the country, but why are most Texans sitting in the dark in freezing temperatures? Is it the by-product of an independent grid? The downside of a competitive energy market?

Here are a couple of articles that might help you better understand. And if you prefer, check out this morning's The Daily podcast which gives the usual NYT analysis.

Texas’ power grid crumples under the cold | Ars Technica

Why does Texas have its own power grid? | The Texas Tribune

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Matt Chester on Feb 17, 2021

Thanks for the links, Patrick-- do you think we yet have the information to identify the real cause, or is some of that still developing? Curious to hear your take!

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Patrick Regan on Feb 19, 2021

I think there will be a debate on the root cause for some time. But you can't dispute that a generating base that prioritizes low cost versus reliability is part of the root cause. 

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Jim Stack on Feb 19, 2021

I've read the utilities were advised after the last storm to invest in winterization and they did nothing. The NG shortage made a bad situation much worse. Do you thing those are the 2 key issues for this storm?  

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Patrick Regan on Feb 19, 2021

Winterization is certainly part of it. Coupled with a lack of redundancy provided from national interconnections left the grid exposed. I can't speak to a shortage of NG, but if power supply is compromised then anything that requires power to run (from NG to water) is going to feel the pressure ... or suffer from a lack of it if you know what I mean. 

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