While I'm very grateful I did not lose power during this, I am not looking forward to getting this month's utility bill.
Someone in a facebook group I'm in uses Griddy (you buy electricity at market price) their bill is 7.5k this monthWhile I'm very grateful I did not lose power during this, I am not looking forward to getting this month's utility bill.
There was an ice storm back in the 90s, not long after I moved here, and it knocked out power to areas for at least a week. It wasn't as cold, but the actual historic significance of these temperatures is besides the point. I don't care if people are accurately using the terms or not, what bothers me is that they're letting politicians and energy company executives avoid accountability.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grab people’s attention and they start tossing around “once in a lifetime” and “hundred year event” like they’re going out of date and have to be used before the expiration date.
This giant blizzard has already been downgraded to a foot and a half, and the start time keeps getting pushed back. I am not impressed.March is the snowiest month for Colorado, so it's not like I'm shocked.
Also, I have nowhere to go, and I'm probably not in the path of the biggest stuff.
Well, the snow is wet and heavy, so it's not going to be as high as fluffy snow, but it's packing in pretty well now. Also huge gusts of wind, so that's exciting.This giant blizzard has already been downgraded to a foot and a half, and the start time keeps getting pushed back. I am not impressed.
He is, and to an extent, I am as well, in that once again ERCOT is showing itself unprepared for even a mild unfortunate contingency. There is no way that a stalled front in April should be causing demand to outpace supply. When we get into the July-August doldrums and everybody's running their AC at full blast 24/7, is our power grid going to buckle like a belt AGAIN, if it's already strained now?I don’t understand your reaction, they’re being proactive instead of reactive and you’re upset about it?
As Gas said, I'm upset because they almost had to call this an emergency when it's not extreme weather. This is a symptom of a poorly managed system that has been set up to maximize profit with inadequate planning for the future. People are going to keep dying because of greed. It's fucking terrifying living with a power system that was within just a few minutes from catastrophic failure that would have meant months without electricity.I don’t understand your reaction, they’re being proactive instead of reactive and you’re upset about it?
A US Senator’s job isn’t within the border of the state, but in Washington DC. So this isn’t in his “jurisdiction”, so to speak. Ercot, and it’s related issues is a job for State Reps and Senators.Texas, where your fuck-off-to-Cancun senator is more concerned about grandstanding over MLB moving the ASG than his actual constituents.
You're ignoring the fact that one of the reasons ERCOT exists is because Texas has made every effort to keep national oversight out of the Texas power grid. ERCOT very much is a state vs national issue, and Ted Cruz absolutely had a hand in it. Why do you think Cruz has a history of mocking California's energy policies? Because he, as a senator, has played a role in making ERCOT the problem that it is.A US Senator’s job isn’t within the border of the state, but in Washington DC. So this isn’t in his “jurisdiction”, so to speak. Ercot, and it’s related issues is a job for State Reps and Senators.
Yes, that's one major part of the problem. Everyone is trying to get maintenance work done. Maintenance is done on a schedule that maximizes profits, not reliability. That was one of the major factors in why the grid nearly collapsed earlier this year, and why it continues to be a danger. The system is not structured as an essential utility, it's structured as a cash cow.Everyone is trying to get some overhaul work done after quick repairs done back in February.
Just because it wouldn't have captured headlines doesn't mean it wouldn't have been an important symptom of a failing system.Would everyone be happier if they’d just ignored it and had the power go out again? Maybe killed a few workers at the plants when they went into emergency reconnect without warning? Everything ERCOT does right now will get extra scrutiny, with reason, but last year or the year before the same announcement wouldn’t have gotten even a glance by the news because it wasn’t “news.”