As we watch events in Texas unfold, bear in mind that Texas "seceded" from the US national electrical grid in order to avoid federal regulation. They privatized their grid into the hands of a few wealthy people. As a result there are only two limited interconnects making it impossible for surrounding states to share power to keep Texas afloat in terms of electric power.

All this suffering in Texas should not be happening. The grid in Texas is intact, they just don't have generation capacity. If Texas had remained part of the US grid, power from as far away as California, Washington, West Virginia, Tennessee, Florida, could be routed to Texas. Looking at the real-time data here, the US grid is running at more than 200 GW below capacity. There's enough power to hold up two states of Texas even if Texas had no generation at all. But we can't send them power.

Keep this in mind when rich people trick the public and politicians about privatization, and spout garbage like "going it alone, in keeping with the pioneering spirit of the USA". No. Organized cooperation is power. Going it alone is weakness.

Don't believe in cooperation? Study how the Roman army was organized. It was all about very tightly organized cooperation, starting with an individual soldier and those to his immediate left and right. This is how 8,000 Romans could take on 80,000 and methodically slaughter the 80,000 with zero losses.

@shuttersparks I haven't read much about the subject ,but I know power in Texas is supplied by ERCOT which is a non-profit agency.
So I was wondering what did you mean when you talked about privatization.

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@cybernomad All nine of the energy management agencies in the USA are non-profit. ERCOT is one. All they do is manage the distribution of power at the top level and report data to the EIA. They have little or no direct authority over the utilities themselves and ERCOT is, of course, populated by cronies chosen by the utility companies.

The State of Texas sold all of its interests in the electrical grid (which is on public land) to private parties. Everything is owned privately in Texas. The impetus for this came from the private parties themselves -- a handful of wealthy investors who bribed politicians to get what they wanted, as usual in the USA.

They did this because if Texas as made independent from the US national grid, then federal regulations would not apply and they could build infrastructure more cheaply. That's how we ended up with non-winterized power plants and wind generators in Texas. The private owners wanted all the income but without making the investments in high quality equipment required by federal regulations. And, that's what they got.

When the winter storm was coming, utility officials lied right up to the last, when everything failed. They deliberately ignored the winter storm possibility -- something that's happened before. So they can't say they didn't know it was possible.

In the summertime especially, I watch this page on the EIA site that gathers real-time data from the nine agencies and breaks it down.…

@shuttersparks This makes sense now, because tbh, it didn't make sense to have an independent grid just to have it owned by the state, that's still a bit regulated especially that texas is a mostly republican state, and from what I know , is that most republican support neoliberalism afaik that's why I had to ask and thanks for the explanation.

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