Texas. February 14, 2021. Photo by RegiaArt.

How the Texas Power Grid is Struggling, Snow and Ice Brings Blackouts

Regia Marinho
3 min readFeb 17, 2021


Better making some abstract drawings on paper or not doing anything at all.

Hot cocoa + fuzzy socks = a cozy winter night.

“A sudden spike in energy demand and a loss of natural gas, coal nuclear and wind energy during a winter storm triggered blackouts across the state.”

The deficit has forced power grid operators to conduct rolling blackouts. Power is shut off to different areas for a limited period of time.

It’ 9:15 AM on February 15

In and around Austin, Texas.

The temperature is -12 C /10.4 F

Today it’s colder than in New York City.

The electric grid shuts.

At least the cellphone works.

Also we have hot water and gas in the kitchen.

Almost everything, tools in the kitchen and others works on electricity.

House heater, coffee maker, toaster, garage door, rice cooker, robot…

Better write on paper.

Better making some real drawings on paper.

Later on today we may have to over-dress like 5 layers in order to be able to sleep. That’s happen including gloves.

Today February 16…

I was overdressed.

The morning was freeze, it was not possible to use the iPad…I needed my fingers but also I needed my gloves.

The power is back at 3:40 PM

But, it can be down anytime soon…because we still have snow and ice all around us. Things can goes like this until Feb 19.

The Wind power in Texas

It consists of over 150 wind farms, which together have a total capacity of over 30,000 MW (as of 2020).

The 781 MW Roscoe Wind Farm at sunrise is one of them.

The Roscoe Wind Farm near Roscoe, Texas is one of the world’s largest-capacity wind farms.

With 627 wind turbines and a total installed capacity of 781.5 MW, owned and operated by RWE.



Regia Marinho

I write about ideas, technology, the future and inspire the world through art. Artist. Civil engineer. https://regiaart.com