ERCOT back to generating enough power, come out of emergency conditions, back to normal operations
ByFunAsia 20 Feb 2021 09:41 AM 108

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the agency responsible for managing the Texas power grid, reported that it has now started generating enough power to come out of emergency conditions and is back to normal operations.

No outages were needed Thursday to keep power supply and electric demand in balance, in fact, some of the units are generating tripped.

The emergency conditions were put in place Monday at 12:17 a.m., and it ended Friday at 10:36 a.m.

ERCOT took approx. four-and-a-half days to come out of the emergency situation.

ERCOT CEO Bill Magness said, "2021 certainly puts the marker down for the kind of severe weather we really have not seen."

"we'll have to examine everything about that and what implications what we've seen has on the future."

ERCOT also said that Texas state was close to a massive failure of the system.

Magness said if operators had not imposed an emergency situation, the state would be looked at weeks or months of widespread outages

At peak times of outages, 4 million Texans lost power. Most of them are back to normal, there are still tens of thousands of outages reported across North Texas.

Gov. Greg Abbott and some state lawmakers are calling for investigations into ERCOT's handling of this winter storm. Abbott even called for members of the ERCOT board to resign.

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