Millions Lose Power in Texas as Freeze Sows Energy-Market Chaos

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    • #403701
      RCW2020
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      Brian K. Sullivan, Naureen S. Malik and Javier Blas
      Mon, February 15, 2021, 10:29 AM

      (Bloomberg) — Millions of households in Texas are suffering rolling blackouts for the first time in a decade as an unprecedented Arctic freeze sends temperatures plummeting across much of the U.S., roiling energy markets.

      Large swaths of Dallas, Houston and other cities are being plunged into darkness for an hour at a time — and in some cases longer — as surging demand for heat pushes the power grid to the brink. The situation is poised to become more dire as temperatures are forecast to fall to as low as 3 Fahrenheit (minus 16 Celsius) in parts of the state.

      “Every grid operator and every electric company is fighting to restore power right now,” said Bill Magness, head of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which runs the state’s grid.

      The extreme cold that’s crippling Texas’s power market is part of a larger weather pattern gripping much of the U.S. Winter storm warnings, advisories and watches stretch from New Mexico to Maine. In the past week, about 800 daily records for cold temperatures have been set in the U.S. as arctic air pushes all the way to the Gulf of Mexico. Accuweather called it one of the busiest winter-weather patterns in decades.​

      Link to source…

      Y’all stay same down there and get a large pot of gumbo cooking somehow.

      We are expecting our first major snow here in lower Michigan this afternoon. Blah!

    • #403761
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      I live in the mountains and plenty of of my neighbors have all electric power. They are out of luck several times a year especially when there is fire danger. I have both and glad for it. When the electricity goes out my generator kicks in. It is hooked up to the natural gas. All electric? Bad idea.

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    • #403771
      ArtfromArk
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      Brrrrrrrr

      “There’s a new spirit abroad in the land. The old days of ‘grab and greed’ are on their way out. We’re beginning to think of what we owe the other fellow, not just what we’re compelled to give him. The time’s coming… when we shan’t be able to fill our bellies in comfort while others go hungry, sleep in warm beds while others shiver in the cold.... And God willing, we’ll live to see that day…” Basil Rathbone,"Sherlock Holmes Faces Death" (Universal 1943)

    • #403794
      Cold Mountain Trail
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      thank enron & deregulation for the chaos

      old ghosts never die

    • #403834
      MackMarkstein
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      People in KC, Mo. were told to turn their thermostats down to 65 F and that if that doesn’t do enough to reserve the dwindling supply, I guess of fuel for power plants, there could be rolling blackouts of half an hour at a time.
      When I heard about rolling blackouts first hand from a Texan this morning, in their state they were told it was because a portion of the electricity comes from wind turbines but those are not turning in this weather.
      That excuse wouldn’t apply to Kansas City.
      “The natural gas shortage across the Midwest has now been elevated to a Level 3 Energy Emergency by Southwest Power Pool, which manages the electric grid across 17 states in the central and western United States, including Kansas and Missouri.” from https://www.kansas.com/news/weather-news/article249263995.html

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      Hobbit709
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      Those froze INSIDE the power plants because they didn’t prep for this weather-which they had several days warning that it was coming.

      Some of the “rolling” blackouts are still out because they equipment to switch it back on failed.

      I don't waste my time teaching pigs to sing.

    • #403865
      Pam2
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      I hope nobody dies down there. 😥

    • #404044
      Gryneos
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      at 3 am this morning, after 22 hours without. Around 2 am the temp for my neighborhood was 16 F. It’s now 15 F even though the Weather Underground page has it forecast at 17 F. Inside temp got down to 54 F, starting at 77 F the previous morning (at 5 am).

      I use this site for weather info and I like the explanation given in this post about the power situation:

      The power situation is disastrous, and it likely won’t be fixed tonight
      February 15, 2021 at 2:50 pm by Eric Berger
      Millions of customers in the greater Houston region continue to experience some of our coldest weather in decades without the benefit of electricity to heat their homes. (Full disclosure, I am one of them, and have been since 2 am CT. I am typing this from my office, wearing a winter jacket).

      To understand what is going on, and when the power might return, I spoke this afternoon with Kenny Mercado, CenterPoint Energy’s Executive Vice President for Electric Utility.

      First, it is important to understand how power generation works in Texas. Power plants across the state generate electricity from natural gas, coal, wind, solar, and other sources. This is all put onto the grid, which is managed by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. Then it is up to companies like CenterPoint to deliver electricity to your home through its network of lines and poles. (Reliant, the sponsor of Space City Weather, markets and sells electricity to the customer. They are not directly responsible for generation or delivery).

      What happened
      As of 2 pm on Monday, about 1.1 million of CenterPoint’s 2.6 million customers are without power in the greater Houston area. Mercado said customers without power are unlikely to get electricity back today, and quite possibly not tonight—when temperatures are forecast to reach near all-time record lows.

      https://spacecityweather.com/the-power-situation-is-disastrous-and-it-likely-wont-be-fixed-tonight/

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    • #404056
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      There is no profit in maintenance. There is no profit in having contingency plans for unlikely, though inevitable, situations.

      We in Ohio were told to keep our thermostats at 68F because of a possible natural gas shortage. There is no natural gas shortage. That tells me that Dominion Gas refused to have enough reserves, and the only reason they would do that is because maintaining a reserve cuts into their profits.

      I’m sure it’s worse in Texas where they have even fewer regulations. Gubmint bad!

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    • #404676
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      It is a useless tool when even expected energencies occur. Capitalism always turns commodities…even excess and flourishing commodities…into scarcity. And scarcity allows for huge price increases. Capitalism discourages saving and planning because there are no huge profits to be made off of having back up systems in case of emergencies.

      But if truth be known, the US is a capitalist economy in name only. Handing out trillions in worker’s tax dollars to failing corporations and banks is Not capitalism. It is feudalism or fascism but it is in No way free market capitalism.

      But capitalism is a failed and stagnant economic system that is hanging on only because a handful of filthy rich men want it. Capitalism concentrates wealth in the hands of the already wealthy and that eventually leads to total economic collapse.

      If you had all the money in the world, your money would be worthless. But that is exactly what capitalism does. It would eventually give all the money in the world to 1 person. And that is more representative of feudalism then democracy.

       

    • #404694
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      @fasttense

      Does it really cost more to plan for a disaster than to clean up after one?  I imagine there are going to be lawsuits against these power companies too.

       

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