The definitive account of February’s Texas power outage

EPRA’s Dan Smith and Foster Fuel’s Will Rohrig describe to DCD exactly what happened, and why

At its worst, the February 2021 storm in Texas left 5.2 million people without power, while many others were about to find out just how high their uncapped, variable-rate power contracts could go. Data centers, chip fabs and other facilities dependent upon grid power also struggled to keep going – or were forced offline. On top of that, when the distribution system fails, a whole series of refineries, terminals and pipelines that criss-cross Texas and its neighbouring states go down at the same time. Economic damages have been estimated at $195 billion.