A friend posted this fine summary of Texas current problem:
Texas Plight simplified. Hubris. Arrogance. Pitiful yet so predictable.
ERCOT = Electric Reliability Council of Texas. They operate and manage the de-regulated, private energy grid.
1.) After 2011s snow storm during Super Bowl week at the new Cowboys stadium, various agencies (including ERCOT) agreed that winterizing our power grid should be a top priority.
2.) The public forgot and politicians and private companies did nothing.
3.) In this latest storm, the temperature was so cold that not only did natural gas lines freeze, but delivery systems for coal and natural gas froze as well. Some wind turbines also froze, but wind accounts for about 10,000 Megawatts of total production and ERCOT has said 30,000 Megawatts total were lost at the peak of the outage.
4.) Neither fossil fuels nor renewable energy is to blame. Whats to blame is that the winterization of equipment was put off as an expense because it eats into profits. Remember, the power companies in Texas are all private and completely de-regulated. So, which company is going to eat into profits to protect against a 100 year storm unless required to do so?
5.) We are experiencing more erratic climate because 99% of all scientists agree that climate change is real. Ill bet someone thought that the 2011 storm was a once in a lifetime storm and that this wouldnt happen again. I guess folks should start listening to the professionals. 🤷🏽?♂️
6.) Now the Governor is all hot and bothered because A.) Im sure he cares that a lot of people might die (I dont like the guy, but I doubt hes heartless), B.) This is a stain on his record, and C.) I think he will run for the Presidency in 2024. So hes on the news blaming ERCOT, wind turbines, and saying that hes going to hold people accountable... basically the same nonsense politicians spew after knowing they messed up.
7.) What the Governor isnt telling you is that every member managing ERCOT was appointed by him. That this problem was caused by lack of investment for the public good. That the Texas legislature has not mandated any regulations on the power companies since the 2011 storm. And, that all politicians know that 90% of you will forget by next week when the weather hits 60 degrees.
Coming out of this mess, people should ask themselves: Why keep voting for politicians who tell you government cant help you? Thats like hiring a CEO who tells people dont buy his companys products.
Overall, I hope people dont forget. I hope those who are riding out this storm with no worries realize there are millions who are worried. I hope we all realize that building stronger communities is not done individually.
not to keep heat in
as pointed out in another article, if you plan in such a way to cool down 30 degrees from 105, that is half of what it takes to go from 10 degrees to 70 degrees
one thing I have noticed about Texas is they get slammed by a snow/ice storm almost EVERY year but they always act like it is a big surprise
make sure their infrastructure is safe and prepared for these rare, but inevitable, events. Especially now that the climate crisis is ongoing.
for an extended period of time was nearly ten years ago and we did not have the ice storm nor the snow so it was not as bad, you could travel and grocery stores remained stocked.
Before that one was the big freeze of 1989 and even then it got really phreaking cold but the ice and snow were absent, so yea, travel and stocked shelves.
This one is different. Ice and snow, severe cold, extended lows below 20. Roads and infrastructure shut down because no one could move. Grocery stores, delivery services, critical emergency services - all were affected. It is only now starting to recover and will be early next week before stores reopen fully and shelves have food and water again.
but certainly it happens enough where they should know IT HAPPENS
PS...I live here too
were seriously investigated by the Feds. They made many recommendations on the subject. They were completely thrown out by the Utility. Many of the recommendations they made would have helped minimize the crisis we have seen.
I think it is going to take a long time and a fortune to even begin to get things back to normal in all these southern states that got frozen.
There will be a huge ripple effect, and cascading of problems that will happen in the very near future that Texans haven't even thought about yet.
The RepubliCONs in Texas are so excited that Biden ordered immediate federal aid. They won't thank Biden or say how grateful they are, they will blame their freeze on the Democrats. The governor is already saying it is the Dems fault while he takes all he can from the Democrats in the Federal Gov't.......
...1983 saw a massive ice storm in North Texas, that completely shut down the metroplex. It remained below freezing for approximately 14 days. Fort Worth's water system, which was based on old cast iron pipes, burst, leaving FW without reliable water for weeks.
of the typical way that greedy anti government republican policies eventually result in fucking the public!
with natural disasters what do we pay taxes for?
To put cameras on Mars while people on earth sicken and die in pandemics, freeze to death, and drown in hurricanes?
continue to re-elect the R Governor, and the two R Senators.......
or staying in Texas
and he knows it
...DO. NOT. LIVE. IN. TEXAS. That's right, the good ol' boys that run the ERCOT shitshow don't even live in Texas.
ERCOT failed on each of these measures that they said they had undertaken. Texans deserve answers about why these shortfalls occurred and how theyre going to be corrected and Texans will get those answers. Thats exactly why I have issued an executive order that added emergency items to the legislative session asking the legislature to investigate what happened at ERCOT that led up to and during the course of the response to this winter storm, but there is more than that that must be done to prevent Texas from going without power again. So today, I am adding more emergency items to the legislative session. First, I am asking the legislature to mandate the winterization of generators and the power system. Second, I am calling for the funding needed to ensure that this winterization and modernization occurs. Now Ive already been in multiple discussions with both Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick as well as Speaker Dave Phelan and with the chairs of the relevant committees that will be in charge of these efforts. That includes Senator Hancock and Representatives Goldman and Paddie...
Let me tell you what I will do and what I am doing. Im taking responsibility for the current status of ERCOT. Again, I find what has happened unacceptable. Let me tell you what I learned today. Just a couple of weeks before this winter storm occurred, they elected some new members, I think theres a new chair and vice chair of the board, people from outside the State of Texas. And so, part of my charge to the legislature is to restructure the way the board of ERCOT works and to restructure the membership of the board to ensure that the membership is going to be more responsive to the people of Texas. ...
(Board members are appointed by a nominating committee made up of current members.)
Not sure this will change voters minds....again!
February 2, 2011 11:25 AM Updated 10 years ago
Texas weathers rolling blackouts as mercury drops
By Chris Baltimore
The grid operator declared an energy emergency after unusually frigid weather shut down 7,000 megawatts of power generators, about 8 percent of the installed capacity in the second-most populous state. Spot power prices surged 60-fold at one point, and Mexico exported electricity.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) rescinded its call for rolling blackouts at about 2 p.m. local time, but warned of a strong possibility it will reinstate them later Wednesday or Thursday unless more power plants return to help meet forecasts for even stronger heating demand as temperatures in some cities dip below freezing through Friday.
While the disruptions had little impact on major oil and gas operations in the heart of the U.S. energy industry, they left nearly 1 million homes dark and without heat for up to an hour, caused some schools and businesses to shut and spurred traffic snarls as some traffic lights stopped working.
Rolling blackouts in Houston ... You would have never thought you would see the day in the energy capital of the world, Jack Moore, chief executive of oilfield services equipment maker Cameron said on a conference call conducted from a division office because its Houston headquarters had no power.
Transmission utilities including American Electric Power Co and CenterPoint Energy imposed the blackouts, which are rare in Texas. Similar measures were last taken in April 2006 when soaring heat caused demand for air conditioning to surge.
And has not had the widespread blackouts the rest of the state.