Where’s the Reliability?
The TPPF Take: ERCOT’s failures—along with bad policy decisions—directly led to the power outages.
“The short-term failure came at about 1 a.m. Monday when ERCOT should have seen the loads soaring due to plummeting temperatures, and arranged for more generation,” explains TPPF’s Chuck DeVore. “Texas came very close to having a system-wide outage for the whole state (in the ERCOT area, about 85% of the state) due to not arranging for more generation. This tripped the grid, knocking some reliable thermal plants (gas and coal) offline. This was a failure of the grid operator (ERCOT) not the power plants.”