Electrical Power Reliability in Texas
Kirk and Fred discussing the failures of the electrical grid due to a extreme cold and snow in Texas that was a very rare weather condition in February 2021.
Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss the failure of the Texas electrical grid in Texas this past February 2021 due to a rare sustained cold front hitting central and southern Texas.
- A major difference for the weather event in Texas was the below freezing temperatures lasted for several days, causing the electrical grid to fail and subsequent water supply and plumbing problems .
- Texas had identified some of the weakness due to past severe weather events but had taken no action to improve the grid with the excuse that it is a rare event.
- The fundamental question is how much can you spend and prepare a system for a very rare environmental stress condition that may never happen.
- Is this a question we may have for a consumer electronics product that is rarely abused by the customer, such as dropping a smartphone in 100 ft of water.
- Cost tradeoffs always require compromise on how robust we can build a system to withstand rare stress conditions.
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Don MacArthur says
Thanks for another great discussion!