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Old 11-06-2022, 06:36 PM
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This was unexpectedly interesting, on Planet Money, about the history of the Texas energy grid.

The Midnight Connection
Texas's energy grid, unlike those in most other states, is disconnected from the rest of the country. This turned out to be a huge contributing factor to last year's disaster. After the storm, many people began to ask whether changes should be made to the system. And, it turns out, back in the 1970s, one company did try to change things by connecting Texas's grid to the rest of the country in a secret, middle-of-the-night operation.
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Old 11-06-2022, 06:43 PM
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Technically the grid isn't completely isolated, it does have a connection to the Eastern Interconnect and also Mexico. During the storm, we did buy power from the Eastern Interconnect but we have limited connections, and they too were already maxed out due to the weather event given it reigned on the entire southern sector of the country as well as the entire state of Texas.
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