Texas Nuke Plant Was 3 Minutes From Going Totally Off-Line During Blackouts

  • The hearing in the Texas legislature about the power crisis revealed a number of previously unknown issues that power plants faced during the blackout.
  • A Wall Street Journal reporter noted that the most shocking thing said in the hearing was that Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant, outside of Fort Worth, was three minutes from going completely offline from an emergency shut-off. Such a shut-off would take another 2,600 megawatts offline.
  • While Republicans spent their time blasting renewable energy sources as unreliable, Bloomberg News noted, the executives from Vistra Corp. revealed, “We came dangerously close to losing the system.” NRG President Mauricio Gutierrez said, “Vistra’s Morgan said that, despite having 90 percent of plants available to run, ‘we just couldn’t get the gas.'”

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