Midwest Have No Surplus Power For Texas

NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO)

It is claimed that Texas would be better off as part of a wider grid. The obvious one would be MISO, to which there is already a small interconnector.

However MISO has been having severe difficulties due to the cold spell:

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https://www.misoenergy.org/mcsnotification/?id=1131

As with Texas, MISO is currently relying almost entirely on coal, gas and nuclear power. If they had been operating with a quarter of the power from wind, as Texas was last week, I suspect that they would have been experiencing the same blackouts as Texas has had.

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https://www.misoenergy.org/#

It is also not much bigger capacity wise than Texas, which has been running at around 60 GW this week. I suspect that any extra demand from Texas would quickly destabilise the MISO grid.

There is an interesting backstory to this.

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The Natural Resources Defense Council says the Midwest energy grid…

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