If we're lucky, Groundhog Day arrives without an expected cold snap and storm. But officials in Texas are warning that a "very substantial" arctic cold front passing through the region between today and Sunday could stress power supply in the state.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and other officials in Texas say the power grid has improved since severe cold hit material makers and molders (and residents) of Texas in mid-February 2021.
Let's hope so.
The 2021 storm led to massive material shortages as resin suppliers struggled to bring production back online after catastrophic power failures in most areas of Texas. The shortage, in turn, led to skyrocketing prices and material shortfalls that left molders scrambling for months.
"We are utilizing every applicable state agency to make sure that Texas will robustly respond to this extreme cold winter storm that is going to be sweeping across Texas," Gov. Greg Abbott said during a Feb. 1 briefing. "They're already bringing more generation online sooner than what happened last year. They have additional crews already deployed."