In recent days, the United States has also experienced an unprecedented winter cold wave, which has led to a sharp drop in temperature and a surge in heating demand, which has also promoted a surge in electricity demand. In many cities, there has even been a shortage of power supply and power failure in turn.
This time, Texas, including Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, Houston, Corpus Christi and Brownsville, was most affected by the cold wave,In most cities, the temperature dropped to about 0 degrees, and some even reached more than minus 20 degrees.
For the first time, heating demand surged. However, Texas's power supply system was already overwhelmed. According to US media reports, Texas's winter power demand reached a record 69.2 gigawatts (1 gigawatt = 1 million kilowatts) on Sunday.
On Monday, data on the Texas grid operator's website showed that due to bad winter weather and alternating blackouts by power producers,The wholesale electricity price of Texas power grid has soared by more than 10000%, and the real-time wholesale market price has climbed to $11000 per megawatt, compared with less than $100.
Power grid operators held a press conference on Monday,Power outages in Texas will continue today and early tomorrow, with more than two million homes without power.All natural gas, nuclear, wind and coal-fired power plants were shut down.
Southwest power, which controls the power grids of 14 states, from North Dakota to Oklahoma, has declared a state of energy emergency and ordered utilities to take turns blackout in the extreme cold that paralyzed the grid.