According to reports, a “fragile” energy grid in Texas has been completely restored, hit by a historic winter storm – but about 280,000 homes had no electricity on Friday and 13 million people lost their water services. Has interrupted.
The restoration came in the form of officers with the unit keeping the grid “seconds and minutes” away from a catastrophic failure that could leave residents in the dark for months. Texas Tribune reported.
The government said Greg Abbott confirmed that all power-generating plants in the Lone Star state were online until late Thursday, urging lawmakers to pass legislation to prepare energy grids for future cold weather Do it
“What happened to our fellow Texans this week is completely unacceptable and cannot be repeated again,” Abbott told reporters as he walked out at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the state’s 90 percent power Responsible for is cooperative.
The governor said that ERCOT had assured the authorities before the storm that the grid was ready for the weather.
Harris County’s top elected official Judge Lina Hidalgo, which includes Houston, said the number of homes without power in her county had dropped from 1.4 million to 20,000 a few nights earlier.
“There may be lights, but we are not out of the darkness yet, we are not far from all challenges,” Hidalgo told reporters on Thursday afternoon. “We are not through it yet.”
She warned Houston residents of the worst preparations.
“The grid is still fragile. Tonight is getting colder weather. So we are going to put pressure on these power plants that have just come back, ”said Hidalgo.
ERCOT officials said the state was close to the worst case of uncontrolled blackouts in the entire state.
The Texas Tribune reported that on Monday, grid operators gave warning signs that massive amounts of energy supplies were falling, so they began to blackout for millions, which the Texas Tribune reported.
Extreme cold caused natural gas-fired plants, utility-scale wind power and coal plants to go offline – while increasing energy demand for consumers and businesses.
“It needs to be addressed immediately,” said the news outlet, Bill Magnes, president of EROOT. “It was seconds and minutes [from possible failure] Given the amount of generation that was coming out of the system. “
Grid operators had to act fast to cut down on the amount of electricity provided, Magness said, because if they had waited, “what happens in that next minute is that three more [power generation] Units come offline, and then you drown. “
If the operators had not taken immediate action, he said, the state could face a blackout that could “occur for months,” and leave residents in crisis “indefinitely”.
And if the grid had gone completely offline, the damage to the power infrastructure could have taken months to repair, said Bernadette Johnson, an oil and gas software and information company in Austin, who is senior vice president of Enverus.
“As chaotic as it was, the entire grid could have been in darkness,” he told the Texas Tribune. “ERCOT is having a lot of heat, but the fact that it wasn’t worse is because of those grid operators.”