Texas starts rolling power outages to cope with deep freeze

Texas starts rolling power outages to cope with deep freeze

The PowerOutage.us website - an ongoing project to track power outages - said 2,703,967 Texas customers were experiencing outages at 10:49 p.m. CST (1649 GMT). President Joe Biden declared a state of emergency, mobilizing federal assistance to aid local response efforts.

A storm sweeping the Pacific Northwest produced heavy snow, ice accumulation and freezing rain over the weekend and left hundreds of thousands of people in OR and Washington without power as of Monday.

"Every grid operator and every electric company is fighting to restore power right now", said Bill Magness, the president and CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), in a news release.

According to reports, more than 2 million people are without power as the storm brings strong winds, heavy snow and freezing temperatures.

Wind generation ranks as the second-largest source of energy in Texas, accounting for 23% of state power supplies a year ago, behind natural gas, which represented 45%, according to ERCOT figures.

First responders cleanup after a massive pileup on I-35W Thursday Feb. 11 2021 near downtown Fort Worth Texas

Average spot power across the Texas grid hit the state's $9,000 per megawatt-hour price cap again on Monday.Liquefied natural gas exports from the USA plummeted after the freeze shut ports and wells.West Texas Intermediate futures rose by as much as 2.5%, above $60 a barrel for the first time in more than a year.Physical natural gas prices have swung anywhere between $50 to the high of $600 per million British thermal units.

The length of these controlled outages was significantly extended due to emergency grid operations.

The National Weather Service said that an Arctic air mass had spread southwards, well beyond areas accustomed to freezing weather, with winter storm warnings posted for most of the Gulf Coast region, Oklahoma and Missouri.

- A rare deep freeze in Texas caused so severe a spike in demand for heat and electricity that on Monday, the state's electric grid operator imposed rotating blackouts that left more than two million customers without power.

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