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Sunday, June 20, 2021

Heather Cox Richardson writes about Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott's timing in moving to make good on his threat to defund the legislature after Democrats left the building to stop a bill that would remake the Texas election system: "In part, Abbott is likely trying to distract Texans from yet another crisis in the state's independent energy grid, operated by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). Four months ago, the electric grid failed during a cold wave, leaving more than 3 million people without electricity or heat."

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"In part, Abbott is likely trying to distract Texans from yet another crisis in the state's independent energy grid"

Meditate on the arrogance of this, the stupidity.

People don't forget freezing to death, and they won't forget heatstroke, either.

Abbott needs to forget being president. He is neither liked or respected in Texas.

#1 | Posted by Zed at 2021-06-20 01:47 PM | Reply

Texas Power Companies Are Remotely Raising Temperatures on Residents' Smart Thermostats
gizmodo.com

...Texas is one of several states suffering through a record-breaking heat wave that's pushing electric grids to their limits. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, has urged residents to do their part by raising the temperature on their thermostats, but several smart thermostats owners say their devices have been controlled remotely to conserve energy, leaving them in sweltering homes without a clue as to why. ...

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-06-20 02:11 PM | Reply

several smart thermostats owners say their devices have been controlled remotely to conserve energy

People will never put up with that but remote consumer device control would be hugely useful for utilities in some cases.

#3 | Posted by REDIAL at 2021-06-20 02:21 PM | Reply

The windmills aren't werking!!!!

#4 | Posted by BellRinger at 2021-06-20 03:15 PM | Reply

That crippled turd Abbot is the perfect governor for a third world --------.

#5 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2021-06-20 03:33 PM | Reply

@#4 ... The windmills aren't werking!!!! ...

They are working quite well.

It is the fossil-fueled plants that are offline which are exacerbating the problem. Similar to what happened during the cold spell.


#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-06-20 04:12 PM | Reply

Texas Wind Energy Set a Record -- But Republicans Are Still Trying to Squash It (April 2021)
gizmodo.com

...Texas Wind Energy Set a Record"But Republicans Are Still Trying to Squash It (April 2021)Despite recent baseless attacks on wind power as unreliable and unneeded from Texas politicians, wind was the number one source of electricity on the state's grid last month. Awkward!

Wind energy generated 39% of power on the Texas grid in March, federal data shows, beating out other sources like coal (15%), natural gas (30%), and nuclear (12%). In terms of numbers, wind generated 10.4 million megawatt-hours of power in March"a huge 2 million MWh step up from its previous record, set just last December....



#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-06-20 04:17 PM | Reply

Without wind power Texsux would be uninhabitable.

#8 | Posted by bored at 2021-06-20 05:07 PM | Reply

The windmills aren't werking!!!!

They're clearly giving you brain cancer.

Mission accomplished!

#9 | Posted by ClownShack at 2021-06-20 05:20 PM | Reply

several smart thermostats owners say their devices have been controlled remotely to conserve energy

People will never put up with that but remote consumer device control would be hugely useful forutilities in some cases.

#3 | Posted by REDIAL

Here in California, there's a program that allows the power company to control our residential AC units. They don't mess with the thermostat but rather shut-off the compressor itself (using a device connected to the cellular network). Now for this, we get a modest monthly credit during the Summer. Generally, they can only shut us down for no more than five hours per day and there's also a limit as to the number of days that they can cycle the AC per month. We've been part of this program for 10 years or so now.

OCU

#10 | Posted by OCUser at 2021-06-20 07:48 PM | Reply

but rather shut-off the compressor itself

That's the huge benefit. If a major neighbourhood load break trips for a while when it's hot every AC, fridge and freezer compressor kicks in at the same time when the power comes back on and the load is 10x the usual so the load break just trips again. If they could turn those off long enough for the circuit to stabilize and then cycle them on a block or two at a time it's not such a shock to the local grid.

#11 | Posted by REDIAL at 2021-06-20 08:13 PM | Reply

I suspect that they're not all turned on/off at the same time. Each unit is controlled by a unique device which can be controlled individually.

OCU

#12 | Posted by OCUser at 2021-06-20 08:18 PM | Reply

Well that's kinda the concept, anyway.

#13 | Posted by REDIAL at 2021-06-20 08:27 PM | Reply

California has a program allowing the utility to lower your electric consumption, in exchange for lower electric rates.

Meanwhile, ERCOT has a policy allowing you to buy electricity at market rates, regardless of consumption.

Only one of those programs is actually designed to... you know... save energy.

#14 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-06-20 08:28 PM | Reply

Oh well...

#15 | Posted by earthmuse at 2021-06-20 11:13 PM | Reply

The grid can handle the heat and the cold just so long as it is not hot or cold out.

Well, lets fix this by building the wall.

- Gov Let them Eat Cake.

#16 | Posted by Nixon at 2021-06-21 07:20 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#15 ... California has a program allowing the utility to lower your electric consumption, in exchange for lower electric rates. ...

I believe Connecticut does also, it turns off the electric water heater for a specific number of hours. Seems to me that program has been around for years (decades?).

#17 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-06-21 02:54 PM | Reply

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