February 15, 2021      12:17 PM
More than 2 million electric customers without power as ERCOT battles colossal winter storm
2 million electric customers across Texas without power outages as ERCOT tries to balance electric supply and demand
More than 2 million electric customers across Texas have experienced power outages as ERCOT tries to balance electric supply and demand during one of the state’s harshest winter storms on record.
ERCOT doesn’t own the state’s electric providers or transmission lines; instead, its job is to coordinate the market and preserve the reliability of the grid.
Texas reached a new high peak demand – 69,222 MW – last night between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Around 11 p.m., multiple generation units began tripping offline. And by 1:25 a.m., the state hit the point where demand outstripped supply.
By Kimberly Reeves