Folks line as much as fill their empty propane tanks Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, in Houston. Temperatures stayed beneath freezing Tuesday, and lots of residents have been with out electrical energy.
Brett Coomer | Houston Chronicle | AP
Energy prices continued to climb as an arctic blast stored the South in a deep freeze Wednesday and left as much as 3 million individuals within the state with out energy.
West Texas Intermediate oil costs rose 2% in morning commerce, whereas gasoline futures have been up almost 3% although pure gasoline edged decrease because the disaster in Texas and a number of different states continued. Heating oil futures have been additionally greater.
With “oil wells and refineries offline, we may very well be going through a major shortfall for quite a lot of days, additional tightening provide at a time when it has already been restricted and demand is predicted to return,” wrote Craig Erlam senior market analyst at OANDA.
“That is solely a short-term glitch although which is why we’re not seeing a extra important affect on oil costs, that are beginning to present indicators of being overbought,” Erlam added. “This should not come as a serious shock after a 70% rally since early November. A variety of optimism across the financial restoration is now priced in so the market could also be primed for a minor correction.”
The unusually harsh winter storms left greater than 3 million in Texas with out energy, together with almost 100,000 in Kentucky and greater than 70,000 in West Virginia, in keeping with PowerOutage.us.
The facility outages raised questions in regards to the stability of the electrical grid, pushing some members of Congress to name for hearings on why the system failed.
“Finally, these accountable for the operation and administration of our vitality grid must reply for the obvious collapse of our vitality infrastructure and insufficient communication to the general public,” Rep. Van Taylor, R-Texas, mentioned in an announcement.