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Texas Blackouts Make California’s Outages Seem Like a Hiccup

  • Winter outages constitute ‘a fundamental historic failure’
  • Texas short 15-25 gigawatts versus 1-2 gigawatts in California
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Texas Power Crisis Slows Change to Clean Energy, Says Brouillette

To get a sense of the magnitude of the power crisis hitting Texas, take a look at how it compares to the blackouts that roiled California last summer during a searing heat wave.

The California grid was short about 1 to 2 gigawatts for two evenings, while Texas has been short about 15 to 25 gigawatts for two straight days, according to Andy DeVries, a power analyst at CreditSights. And while California’s rolling blackouts left customers in the dark for a couple of hours at a time, customers in Texas have been without power for more than a day.