Texas, ERCOT, and Winter Storm Outages: An End-of-Week Review from Energy Central Community MembersPosted to Energy Central in the Utility Management Group
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- Feb 19, 2021 1:30 pm GMTFeb 19, 2021 1:35 pm GMT
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For members of the utility community, the past week has been a hectic one to say the least as power providers in Texas struggled to ensure their customers would keep or regain electricity, thought leaders elsewhere looked on in horror trying to debate and get to the bottom of why the outages were so severe and what could have been done to prevent it, and the industry as a whole looks forward to ensuring such a widespread occurrence doesn’t happen again.
With such a critical and timely event unfolding in real-time, the Energy Central Community was understandably abuzz sharing their insights, perspectives, and ideas. We had community members new and old hopping into the platform to share the latest information, and with voices coming from within the utility leaders of the day you know you were getting an unbeatable view of the situation.
But with such a rapidly-developing situation, it’s not always easy to keep up with the latest news. So now at the end of the week, as power is coming back for most Texans, I thought it might be valuable to build a compendium of some of the best and most valuable ‘must-read’ content put out by Energy Central Community Members.
I invite you to read through the following articles to get a good snapshot about what utility leaders have been thinking throughout this crisis, and don’t forget to scroll down to the comments in each article that showcase some of the vigorous discussion and debate that this hot topic has inspired.
And, of course, keep sharing your insights in new posts, links, and comments—this situation is far from over and we need the industry’s best minds put together to help solve these issues moving forward.
Energy Central Community Manager
Predictions and Outlooks from Before the Storm
Of course before the situation really got off the ground, some of our most forward looking community members foresaw trouble ahead and shared some thoughts and concerns.
Immediate Reactions to Power Outages and Price Spikes
Then as the state started to get pounded by the weather event and electricity demand spiked, Energy Central Community members reported on the situation on the ground.
Debating the Causes—Generation Failure vs. Market Failure?
Of course after ensuring safety and recovery of affected customers, the next most pressing priority is diagnosing what went wrong. There’s no shortage of opinions and debate happening this week, and the Energy Central Community delivered on dissecting this important and complex situation.
How the Situation in Texas May Apply Elsewhere
Some in the community noted that this wasn’t a completely unforeseeable occurrence and in fact it may have happened elsewhere in the country, too.
Then, of course, it’s important to consider future action to ensure a disaster at this scale doesn’t strike again. Reliable operation of utilities is a bedrock of modern society, and when it can’t be relied upon it creates turmoil, so many a post-mortem will be written on what’s happened this week and plot what can be done to harden systems moving forward. Some of those have already started to be shared in the Energy Central community: