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Monday, February 22, 2021

It was clear by Tuesday afternoon that Texas was in a full-blown crisis -- and Gov. Greg Abbott (R) had largely been out of sight.



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Typical Republicant coward.

#1 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-02-22 10:17 AM | Reply


Days Before Blackouts, One Texas Power Giant Sounded the Alarm

...Vistra Corp., one of the largest power generators in Texas, said it warned state agencies days before cascading blackouts plunged millions into darkness that internal forecasts showed electricity demand was expected to exceed supply.

Despite the warning, "the coordination and planning by authorities across the broader energy sector were seemingly disproportionate to the severity of the situation," Vistra said in an emailed statement late Sunday. The company didn't identify which state entities it contacted. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas is the state's grid operator, while the Texas Public Utility Commission regulates power generators....

I suspect that, when the timeline is put together, there will be many areas where significant improvements can be made.

But the question remains, will those improvements be made, or will they be mostly disregarded, as in 2011?

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-02-22 11:25 AM | Reply

Here we go again. If anyone is inconvenienced in any way, there will be people flocking to find someone to blame. I remember when this happened in FL in 89. Blackouts Christmas Eve for 8 hours, at least in my area. Know what happened? The following year they did root cause analysis, figured out where the problem is...and improved it!!! In fact, there hasn't been anything like it since and we have gotten just as cold since then. I remember touring the TECO power plant my grandfather ran (Big Bend) the next year and seeing/hearing all the stuff they had done to make it better. Most of it wasn't done in the plant itself as it was all about grid sharing and not infrastructure improvements but it was still neat.

I know, I know...kind of amazing. Today, you won't see that. You will just see a bunch of people pointing fingers and fighting about it. Then you will see some trying to budget to fix the problem, others trying to stop them from it because they want money spent elsewhere, others not agreeing to what the actual problem is/was, etc.

#3 | Posted by humtake at 2021-02-22 11:47 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

@#3 ... The following year they did root cause analysis, figured out where the problem is...and improved it!!! ...

A similar cold spell occurred in 2011 in Texas, with a similar power problem.

There was a root cause analysis, with recommendations to prevent a similar problem in the future.

Report on Outages and Curtailments During the Southwest Cold Weather Event of February 1-5, 2011 (PDF)

Unfortunately, it seems the profit-thirsty utilities did not follow most of the improvement recommendations.

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-02-22 12:20 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Unfortunately, it seems the profit-thirsty utilities did not follow most of the improvement recommendations.

Yay Capitalism!

#5 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2021-02-22 02:21 PM | Reply

"the profit-thirsty utilities did not follow most of the improvement recommendations."

The salient word to them being recommendations.

#6 | Posted by Danforth at 2021-02-22 02:31 PM | Reply

#3, huh how about that: Hyper-partisanship come home to roost.

#7 | Posted by SunTzuMeow at 2021-02-22 04:06 PM | Reply


{points finger}

#8 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-02-22 04:48 PM | Reply


How many died in Florida in 89?

#9 | Posted by dibblda at 2021-02-22 04:55 PM | Reply

"The following year they did root cause analysis, figured out where the problem is...and improved it!"

That's not what Texas did. Texas figured out where the problem is... and ignored it!

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-02-22 04:59 PM | Reply

And now for your moment of Zen:

Texas is what happens when sovereign libertarian free market utopian ideas meet real world events.

#11 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-02-22 05:57 PM | Reply

Humtake is still the winning champion of right wing partisan crazy. There are other competitors for the valued title but no one seems to be able to dethrone the king of B.S. I truly think that if I met that clown I would be disgusted by what I saw. Dependably nuts!

#12 | Posted by danni at 2021-02-23 05:06 AM | Reply

Here's how I'm expecting this to end.

Texas officials, in a desperate bid to save their political hides, will pony up state cash to pay for winterizing the infrastructure at the request (demand) of power generators. This will allow them to say they did something while also not putting any power generators out of business. However, it won't be done to the extent necessary and much of the government cash will simply be pocketed.

Generators will then raise rates anyway (claim they have to pay for changes) and the officials will be voted out in favor of people accusing the current officials of not being true free market "C-c-conservatives."

And the cycle will begin again.

#13 | Posted by jpw at 2021-02-23 08:27 AM | Reply

Alaska operates reliable power and water utilities in much colder weather. Wind turbines spin away generating power in Antarctica. If they can do it, Texas could have done it too if they hadn't been run by Rs.

#14 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2021-02-23 10:45 AM | Reply

I said it yesterday. I will say it again today. Texas needs lots more New Yorkers like AOC. People who actually care about the people of the State, and not just wealthy donors.

#15 | Posted by moder8 at 2021-02-23 02:16 PM | Reply

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