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How Mexico saved Super Bowl XLV with Electricity

How Mexico saved Super Bowl XLV with Electricity

UPDATE: Mexico said Thursday it was temporarily suspending an offer to provide electricity to Texas because of severe cold in Mexico’s own territory.

Mexico’s Federal Electricity Commission said it was temporarily suspending the transfer of electricity because below-freezing temperatures in northern Mexico have caused some damage to the generating capacity of its own plants, causing some power outages in several parts of Chihuahua state and a reduction of about 3,800 megawatts in generation.

The commission also said Mexico needed to ensure there was enough electricity to meet domestic demand, in the face of a severe cold snap that dumped snow on the border city of Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas.

In Texas, rolling blackouts have been implemented, including in Super Bowl host city Dallas, due to high demand during the rare ice storm.

It seems like there are protests if anything crosses the Mexico border north into the U.S., but no such protest this week as hundreds of volts of electricity crossed the border into Texas, helping to keep Dallas and the rest of the state from experiencing a massive blackout. Yep, you heard right, Mexico is helping Texas with their electricity and keeping Dallas lit up for all the Super Bowl festivities. We don’t think the border patrol will be checking the legal status of the electricity.

At the request of Texas, Mexico’s Federal Electricity Commission agreed to transmit 280 megawatts of electricity to Texas between Wednesday and Thursday night at interconnection points in Nuevo Laredo — across the border from Laredo, Texas — and Piedras Negras, which sits opposite of Eagle Pass, Texas, commission officials said.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said Wednesday evening that cold weather had knocked out about 50 of the 550 power plants in Texas, totaling 8,000 megawatts. He urged Texans to conserve electricity.

”Lack of adequate winterization and preparation appear to be a major cause of the outages,“ he said in a statement. ”This is unusually cold weather for Texas, but we obviously need to ensure that we are adequately prepared. That’s why we will continue to work with state agencies and energy providers to find out where problems occurred and how to prevent them in the future.

No matter who wins the Super Bowl Sunday, gracias a Mexico for making it possible.

More: Dallas Morning News and Forbes.

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