- THE EPOCH TIMES - Feb 19, 2021 -
The Texas power grid was just moments away from a total blackout in the midst of a winter storm and record low temperatures, said the head of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).
“Demand and supply have to be very closely in balance,” ERCOT CEO Bill Magness told CNN. “If we let it get far enough out of balance or long enough, it causes a catastrophic blackout … those are the worst outcomes that grid operators like ERCOT try to prevent.”
ERCOT operates the power grid that covers most of the state.
Magness added to local news outlets that Texas got dangerously close to a worst-case scenario where blackouts would be uncontrolled and would have lasted months. The official noted that widespread rolling blackouts that were implemented this week may have prevented a crisis.
“It needed to be addressed immediately,” he told the Texas Tribune. “It was seconds and minutes [from possible failure] given the amount of generation that was coming off the system.”
Elaborating further, if operators hadn’t acted, the state would have been suffering from blackouts “for months,” Magness said.