Central States, Texas in Danger of Power Shortages in Heat Wave
This wouldn't be the first time these grids failed consumers
Two U.S. electric grids may not have enough power to meet demand plus required reserves on Thursday as homes and businesses crank up their air conditioners to escape a brutal heat wave blanketing Texas and other U.S. Central states.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which operates the grid for more than 26 million customers, projected a "reserve capacity shortage with no market solution available for Thursday... which causes a risk for an (Energy Emergency Alert) event."
Power grids carry reserves to ensure the system remains reliable in case a large power plant or transmission line fails unexpectedly.
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