Power is back on. The basement is super cold. Thank the stars for war blankets and heating pads for my feet. Now I have to get stuff done in case they rolling blackout again, which they might.
That's humorous to me, because it was pretty much the same for us. I am in a housing area between a hospital and a fire station. The fire station used to actually be in the same neighborhood as us, literally on the edge, but they recently updated to a new station one block farther south, inside a shopping area. We are also a block away from a hillside with a water tower and the other direction is a railway junction, so we seem to be surrounded by critical infrastructure. We have yet to lose power, thankfully.I still haven't lost power. Prevailing theories among my neighbors and relations is that as I am on the same power section as a hospital and fire station, my segment never gets a rolling blackout.
Parto f the difference in numbers comes from "how much power does Texas produce of each type" vs "how much power does Texas consume from each type". There's a good chance Texas is exporting a bunch of "dirty" energy on one hand and importing a bunch of "clean"energy on the other hand, and such fun. State A produces 100% coal, and State B prodcues 100% green energy. State B sells all their power to State A, and vice versa. A can claim they're green, because they're using 100% green energy! And State B can clai mthey're green, because they're producing 100% green energy. And as long as you don't take a good hard look at both together and such, both are true, and sound good." Of about 70,000 megawatts worth of gas, coal and nuclear plants, as much as 30,000 megawatts has been offline since Sunday night, said Jesse Jenkins, an electricity expert at Princeton University. "
Why A Powerful Winter Storm Caused Blackouts In Texas
More than 10 times as much power shortfall was from the failure of gas, coal, and nuclear plans than from failure of solar (1 GW) or wind (1.5 GW). - source
EDIT: A lot of the numbers I'm finding just don't add up. Forbes says ~25% of Texas electrical power comes from wind, but the EIA says Texas has nearly 30 GW of wind power, and the Texas Comptroller says that Texas has a peak power generation capacity of just over 80 GW. Last I checked, 30 is a lot more than 25% of 80. I'm sure reality is a lot more complicated, because output varies by season, but there's a lot of disparate numbers out there, and a lot of obvious attempts at obfuscation.
And no one is outright saying how much power generation Texas has from fossil fuels. But still, about as much power from fossil fuel and nuclear power went offline as Texas has total wind power. Think about that.
Also I just remembered last night that I HAVE A GAS FIREPLACEPilot light? Ughhh.
One of my hope to do soon projects is to install a bypass on the electrical line to my furnace. That way I can hook up my generator to it easily and still keep warm if we loose power.
When we lost power in the middle on winter last year we discovered that our fireplace can heat the whole friggin house. It was astounding.Also I just remembered last night that I HAVE A GAS FIREPLACE
In my defense, I've never had reason or inclination to use it.
What I don't get is the fact cold snaps are not exactly an anomaly here in Texas. I mean, yes, we are not stuck in weeks of winter weather or anything (usually), but back when I moved here we often had at least two super icy "cold snap" days a year, enough to close roads and schools. We even have signs on the highways that warn of bridges icing over in cold weather.Common sense precautions are common sense. It's okay that houses in the desert aren't designed for frost and I assume most houses in northern Canada aren't designed for weeks of sweltering heat, but I would expect a house in the desert to still be able to keep people warm inside and a house in Canada to still be able to provide relief from the heat. My house isn't in earthquake territory, but it'll still withstand a 5 on Richter. It obviously isn't built to withstand a 9, but still
Boil water? hell there is not any coming from my taps. I hope it comes back on before tomorrow night because it is going to get cold again.Huntsville, the next sizeable town to the east, just got put under a boil water advisory. Much of houston has already been that way since yesterday. I got a feeling B/CS won't be far behind, as they're already worried about low water pressure and are asking people to conserve water for the sake of firefighting.
Glad I stocked up on bottled water at the beginning of the pandemic.
Hopefully you have some backup water, but if you don't, remember you have a lot piled up outside. You just have to let it thaw first.Boil water? hell there is not any coming from my taps. I hope it comes back on before tomorrow night because it is going to get cold again.
I’ve heard it many times also, but the last time I remember it being like this was before you lived in Texas. 1983. Had snow on the ground for about a week, sub-freezing temps for almost that whole time. I take most weather people with a grain of salt, when it’s a bad storm they want to try to grab people’s attention and they start tossing around “once in a lifetime” and “hundred year event” like they’re going out of date and have to be used before the expiration date.Every time we get a major storm in Texas, I hear "It's a once in a century storm, there's no way we could be prepared." I've heard that at least a half-dozen times in the 28 years I've lived in Texas. Three different floods have been "once in a century" (or more), at least two of cold weather events, as well as hurricanes that didn't cause flooding. If "once in a century" storms happen with such regularity, then the electrical grid and other utilities should be ready for them.