Power outages across the Plains: 4 questions answered about weather-driven blackouts

Icicles on a bush in downtown Houston, Feb. 15, 2021. Mark Felix/AFP via Getty Images Editor’s note: Amid record cold temperatures and skyrocketing energy demand, utilities across the central U.S. have ordered rolling blackouts to ration electricity, leaving millions of people without power. Energy expert Michael E. Webber explains why weather extremes can require such extreme steps. 1. The Plains states have a lot of wild weather. Why is this cold wave such a problem for utilities?The central U.S. has freezes, heat waves, windstorms, droughts and floods. All of these events stress the electri…

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