Magazine March 22, 2021, Issue

What Caused the Texas Blackouts?

(Roman Genn)
Supply and demand and disaster

Dallas

After years of hooting at those loopy Californians for the annual blackouts that roll through their state’s unicorn-based electric system, it was Texans’ turn to sit in the dark. A winter storm of un­usual but not unprecedented intensity found the state unprepared in the worst way: Several pieces of its electric network malfunctioned simultaneously just as demand for power was soaring — the supply was cut when demand was at its peak. The result was a lethal catastrophe that was very, very close to being much, much worse than it was.

Before the lights were even back on in Del Rio,

This article appears as “Supply and Demand and Disaster” in the March 22, 2021, print edition of National Review.

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