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19 February 2021


Texas’ grid operators said Friday that the electrical system has returned to normal for the first time since a winter storm knocked out power to more than 4 million customers.

Smaller outages still remained Friday. But Bill Magness, president of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, says the grid again has enough capacity to provide power throughout the entire grid.

As electricity and heat returned to Texas homes, water problems remained as cities continued boil-water notices and repaired broken pipes and water mains.
More than 190,000 homes and businesses remained without power in Texas according to poweroutage.us, down from about 3 million two days earlier.

Winter storms also left more than 330,000 from Virginia to Louisiana without power and about 71,000 in Oregon were still enduring a weeklong outage following a massive ice and snow storm.

The snow and ice moved into the Appalachians, northern Maryland and southern Pennsylvania, and later the Northeast as the extreme weather was blamed for the deaths of at least 58 people, including a Tennessee farmer trying to save two calves that apparently wandered into a frozen pond and 17-year-old Oklahoma girl who fell into a frozen pond.

A growing number of people have perished trying to keep warm. In and around the western Texas city of Abilene, authorities said six people died of the cold — including a 60-year-old man found dead in his bed in his frigid home. In the Houston area, a family died from carbon monoxide as their car idled in their garage.
Federal Emergency Management Agency acting administrator Bob Fenton said Friday that teams were in Texas with fuel, water, blankets and other supplies.

“What has me most worried is making sure that people stay warm,” Fenton said on “CBS This Morning," while urging people without heat to go to a shelter or warming center.

Rotating outages for Texas could return if electricity demand rises as people get power and heating back, said Dan Woodfin, the council's senior director of system operations.

Adding to the misery: The weather jeopardized drinking water systems. Authorities ordered 7 million people — a quarter of the population of the nation’s second-largest state — to boil tap water before drinking it, following the record low temperatures that damaged infrastructure and pipes. In Abilene, a man who died at a health care facility when a lack of water pressure made medical treatment impossible.

Water pressure dropped after lines froze and because many people left faucets dripping to prevent pipes from icing, said Toby Baker, executive director of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Abbott urged residents to shut off water to prevent more busted pipes and preserve municipal system pressure.

President Joe Biden said he called Abbott on Thursday evening and offered additional support from the federal government to state and local agencies.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said residents will probably have to boil tap water in the fourth-largest U.S. city until Sunday or Monday.




 
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the bad news is ted cruz has shot himself in the foot with his mini vacation and the media is having a field day with it......he would not had been able to do a dang thing about the storm anyways.....but timing and optics do count in politics......beto is starting to make moves......its just to be determined yet if this crisis is to be used by beto to run for governor or for the U.S. Senate.

can't blow beto off....he came awful close against cruz last time. a huge democrat State victory can have a ripple effect.
 

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the bad news is ted cruz has shot himself in the foot with his mini vacation and the media is having a field day with it......he would not had been able to do a dang thing about the storm anyways.....but timing and optics do count in politics......beto is starting to make moves......its just to be determined yet if this crisis is to be used by beto to run for governor or for the U.S. Senate.

can't blow beto off....he came awful close against cruz last time. a huge democrat State victory can have a ripple effect.
I saw Cruz interviewed and he said they were without power and his daughters asked if they could join relatives who were already down in Mexico. He said he was only escorting them down there. He did not stay and flew right back. But it was horrible optics. But the media coverage is ridiculous. Where was CNN when Pelosi had her illegal hair appointment in San Fran.?
 

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the 4th Estate is actually the 5th column........SERIOUSLY......

i have a feeling that this is the actual new world order that is being arm-twisted upon us and will lead to a real totalitarian govt in control of media, wealth, thinking, and their system of social justice and cancel culture following their re-defined morals......
 

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Today February 19th is the first day since February 14th that I have been able to log on my computer. The average temperature in my bedroom, for the past 5 days has been 22f degrees. Which by the way matched the temperature outside my bedroom. With no water, or electricity the past week has been a nightmare. Children and elderly are dying from Hypothermia, all over the Lone Star State. Several folks told me this is a case of KING OF THE THE HILL being played by the Biden REGIME. That animated piece of offal knows the people of Texas hold him in total contempt. So he killed off a few old folks and children to prove whom the boss is. Dictators have been doing this for centuries.
 

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OMG North. I hope there’s not too much damage to your plumbing and home. I’m glad to hear that you’re ok.
We are better equipped to deal with outages here in the north, both at the government level and the personal level. Super hurricane Sandy taught us some important lessons. A lot of people here have portable and whole house generators. I can heat my house and prepare food for weeks without the utilities.
longer than that is a problem. You can’t store gasoline for you’re generator very long and you can’t get any if the gas station has no power to pump it. Propane is easier to store but uses more to run a generator. Natural gas is great but a lot of outer suburbs and rural areas don’t have it. I have temporary heaters that can heat my house if I need too. I have a wood stove in my fireplace that will heat the whole house is I get off my lady ass and prepare wood months in advance.
I know that this is a extremely rare event for you guys. Just a basic 15K BTU heater tucked on a shelf with a few BBQ tanks are good insurance.
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Customers of the power supplier Griddy have expressed despair and frustration over these bills in the aftermath

'The latest blow came via the electricity bills, some of which have reached outrageous sums that can reach $5,000 or even $17,000 for just a few days.

Griddy offers its customers wholesale variable plans with rates per kilowatt-hour tied to market prices, which rose to their maximum state-imposed cap of $9,000 a megawatt-hour for five days this week. At times, plans like those offered by Griddy mean that customers save money when the cost of energy is low. However, when prices go up, it can mean trouble.

Last weekend, Griddy warned its customers that it was expecting significantly higher prices in the near future. It even told all of them that they should switch to another provider.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called an emergency meeting on Saturday with other state officials to discuss the spike in energy bills.

“It is unacceptable for Texans who suffered through days in the freezing cold without electricity or heat to now be hit with skyrocketing energy costs,” Abbott said in a statement. “To protect families, I am actively working with the Lieutenant Governor, the Speaker of the House and members of the Legislature to develop solutions to ensure that Texans are not on the hook for unreasonable spikes in their energy bills.”

At the moment, it’s unclear whether Texans will be able to get help for their sky-high electric bills. There is one option on the table: a federal block grant that the state recently received that includes relief for utility bills. We tried to learn more about the grant from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs website, which Texans should check, but it was down on Saturday.

Griddy on Friday said it was seeking relief from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the entity that operates the state’s electrical grid and manages the deregulated energy market.



 

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Everyone wants to be able to say, ‘It’s because of you that this all happened,’ and that’s just not possible. There are multiple factors that added up together to cause what happened and is happening right now in Texas,” Turner explained. “The biggest underlying delta of what happened in the past as opposed to what happened now is this mandate, this on-high, government knows better, ‘We are going to tell you, this is what percentage of the electric grid has come from.’ Why does the government feel they have to do this to us?”

When it works, Turner said, green energy can be useful. The problem, he said, is that wind power and other energy alternatives are wielded by progressives and Democrats as a political weapon and do not always provide the solutions Americans need.

“There is this growing green movement, and you see this is the power of the left. It’s the same as the anti-race movement. It’s the same as a cancel culture. It’s the same as the transgender movement, There is a strong leftist movement to say we have to shove green energy down America’s throats and people are buying it. Republicans are buying into it. Yes, we should have a big percentage of our electric grid come from wind when it works great, but what happens if it doesn’t work?”
 

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Texas Grid Operators Say Electrical System Back to Normal
....... until next time. The question is what have the grid operators learned from this fiasco, and how will they prevent it from happening again, in the future???
 

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My SIL is still without power. She is just southwest of Austin.

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