This is decidedly ironic:
Rolling outages affect most chilly Texans all day
By ANGELA K. BROWN Associated Press
FORT WORTH, Texas — A high power demand in the wake of a massive ice storm caused rolling outages for more than eight hours Wednesday across most of Texas, resulting in signal-less intersections, coffee houses with no morning java and some people stuck in elevators.
The temporary outages started about 5:30 a.m. and ended in the afternoon, but “there is a strong possibility that they will be required again this evening or tomorrow, depending on how quickly the disabled generation units can be returned to service,” the chief operator of Texas’ power grid said in a release.
Because of the problems, Mexico’s Federal Electricity Commission agreed to transmit 280 megawatts of electricity to Texas between Wednesday and Thursday night.
This is a direct result of deregulation, as well as chronic under-investment in our national infrastructure. We are lucky that Mexico is better-managed than Texas.