Power blackouts turn into lengthy outages in North Texas due to high energy demand
ByFunAsia 16 Feb 2021 10:27 AM 248

According to reports from Texas’ electrical grid operator, rolling power blackouts turn into lengthy outages across North Texas and the state since early Monday will continue into Tuesday.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas or ERCOT ordered it because there was a high demand for electricity in the record cold. Rolling outages began around 1:30 a.m. Monday when it reached its highest emergency alert level.

ERCOT says more than two million Texans were without power as of Monday afternoon, including 9000,000 in the four big North Texas counties.

What surprised everyone was the outage that was supposed to last for 10 to 45 minutes turned into hours.

As Overnight demand continued to increase, more area power generators went out.

To preserve the reliability of the grid as a whole, ERCOT activated level three of their energy emergency alert plan and turned to transmission companies like ONCOR and asked them to stop delivering power where they could in an effort to force conservation.

Oncor has only been answering people and giving reasons for the outage, saying that it is the result of the extreme cold and high demand for power.

Oncor spokesperson Kerri Dunn said, "The increased demand and the load have resulted in some of our transformers having equipment failures because they are having to run like it’s a 100+ summer day here in February."

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