Incoming National Freeze Brings Up Dark Memories Of Texas Power Grid Reliability

( – The continental United States is expecting an arctic-style cold front to impact most states beginning early this weekend. Some predict the freezing temperatures may resemble what Texans experienced more than 22 months ago when their statewide electrical grid failed, leaving residents without power or heat for multiple days.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) stated it is monitoring weather forecasts and models and preparing its grid, promising there will be enough supply to meet demand. They assure blackouts will be kept to a minimum.

Providing Texans with a reliable electric grid is our highest priority. As we monitor weather conditions, we want to assure Texans that the grid is resilient and reliable,” ERCOT President and CEO Pablo Vegas said in a statement. “We will keep the public informed as weather conditions change throughout the coming week.”

In February 2021, thousands of homes across Texas were left without power for multiple days, depending on the city. Temperatures had dropped to unprecedented lows, and many are concerned about the implications of the same happening again.

The newly elected CEO believes that if the reforms and the weatherization made to the grid worked to keep it operating despite record-setting high temperatures over the summer, that this same reform will help Texas keep lights on throughout this winter season and beyond.

As relevant as these concerns are, it’s more important to prepare for the worst possible scenario and to take reliable preventive measures. For example, insulating water pipes can prevent unwanted bursts and expensive repairs. Others recommend making a winter disaster preparedness plan, similar to those used for hurricanes. Make sure to stock up on non-perishable food items, water, cash, batteries, flashlights, and enough basic supplies to last between 3-5 days in case electricity does go out. Preparing for a lack of heat also means gathering up coats, blankets, gloves, and anything thermal that may come in handy to stay warm as long as possible. And don’t forget about your furry friends!

Vianca Rodriguez, Independent Political Analyst

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