Texas internet connectivity declining due to blackouts

Matthew Petach mpetach at netflight.com
Tue Feb 16 05:49:28 UTC 2021

On Mon, Feb 15, 2021 at 8:50 PM Sean Donelan <sean at donelan.com> wrote:

> On Tue, 16 Feb 2021, Cory Sell via NANOG wrote:
> > adoption. Sure, wind isn’t perfect, but looks like solution relied on
> failed
> > in a massive way.
> Strange the massive shortages and failures are only in one state.
> The extreme cold weather extends northwards across many states, which
> aren't reporting rolling blackouts.

Isn't that a result of ERCOT stubbornly refusing to interconnect with the
rest of the national grid, out of an irrational fear of coming under
federal regulation?

I suspect that trying to be self-sufficient works most of the time--but
when you get to the edges of the bell curve locally, your ability to be
resilient and survive depends heavily upon your ability to be supported by
others around you.  This certainly holds true for individual humans; I
suspect power grids aren't that different.

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