Rolling power blackouts across North Texas and the state as energy demand record high. Texas’ electrical grid operator ordered them because there was so much demand for energy in the record high cold.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas or ERCOT ordered rolling outages beginning around 1:30 a.m. Monday after it reached its highest emergency alert level.
That means, energy providers intentionally cut off power in select neighborhoods for 15 to 45 minutes at a time. However, some people reported power outages that lasted much longer.
It also means THAT traffic lights and other infrastructures are temporarily cut off.
ERCOT stated that the natural gas supply to power plants is being limited and some of the wind turbines are frozen. So, balancing the amount of power being used across Texas is even more difficult.
Texas set a new winter record for energy demand Sunday night breaking a record set three years ago.
With temperatures expected to stay around single digits throughout the morning, the energy demand will stay high.