Texas internet connectivity declining due to blackouts

Mark Tinka mark at tinka.africa
Tue Feb 16 06:02:38 UTC 2021


On 2/16/21 07:49, Matthew Petach wrote:

>
> 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.

If there was a state-wide blackout, they'd need to restart from the 
national grid anyway. Why not have some standing interconnection 
agreement with them anyway, that gets activated in cases such as these?

Sorry, unfamiliar with U.S. politics in this regard, so just doing 1+1.

Mark.
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