Texas' Icy Disaster Makes the Case for Uniting the US Grid

The national grid is split into sections that can’t share much power. Connecting them won’t be cheap or easy, but it will help usher in the future of energy.

You could point fingers in several directions for the outages that stemmed from last week’s polar vortex obliteration of the Texas power grid. You can’t rightly blame Earth for doing what it does, but you could certainly condemn the state’s deregulation of its energy system. Texas also remains heavily reliant on fossil fuels, and the power plants that run on them failed en masse. So you might blame those operators, but you can’t blame renewables for this one.

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