Rolling Blackouts Affect 14 States Including Mexico

Because of their focus on wind and solar power (that cannot produce enough energy), states have been neglecting their traditional power plants that operate on fossil fuels or even nuclear power. This is why so many nuclear and coal fire plants have been closing. Power companies are also required in many states to accept power generation from renewables sources, regardless of the output. All of this is the perfect storm for power grid breakdowns and rolling blackouts. Mexico has a bigger problem after Biden shut down fracking on federal lands.

U.S. Power Crisis Leaves Millions Cold, Dark as Blackouts Expand

Brian K. Sullivan and Naureen S. Malik, Tue, February 16, 2021

(Bloomberg) — The energy crisis crippling power grids across the U.S. showed no sign of abating on Tuesday morning as blackouts left almost 5 million customers without electricity during unprecedented cold weather.

To prevent the collapse of their networks, suppliers from North Dakota to Texas are having to institute rolling power cuts for the second consecutive day to limit demand. The severe shortages are likely to continue throughout Tuesday, and the deep freeze is forecast to remain until Wednesday at least.

Officials have reported two people dead, likely from cold, according to the Associated Press. Medical centers are rushing to administer vaccines before they go bad. Flights are grounded. More than a million barrels a day of oil and 10 billion cubic feet of gas production are shut and massive refineries have halted gasoline and diesel output.

The Southwest Power Pool, which controls a grid spanning 14 states from North Dakota to Oklahoma, ordered rotating outages for a second consecutive day. President Joe Biden approved an emergency declaration for Texas, making more resources available to help.

“I’ve been following energy markets and grid issues for a while, and I cannot recall an extreme weather event that impacted such a large swath of the nation in this manner — the situation is critical,” said Neil Chatterjee, a member of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.