Texas Narrowly Avoided a Series of Rolling Blackouts This Morning

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Congratulations, Texas. You successfully averted a morning of rolling power blackouts.

Less than an hour after ERCOT, the state's power-grid manager, issued an emergency alert pleading with customers to conserve electricity, the declaration was rescinded after Texans rushed to lower their thermostats and turn off their gaudy LED lights.

Typically, the type of rolling blackouts predicted for this morning are reserved for summer, when air conditioners are thrumming and the state's deregulated electricity market struggles to keep up.

The power grid typically survives the winter just fine. But -- news flash -- it's cold this morning. Stupid cold, reportedly the coldest it's been for three years, so heaters are running.


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23 comments
AdamsonScott
AdamsonScott

So how was this "emergency alert" issued?  I heard nothing.

cwi4691
cwi4691

Very frustrating for those of us who opt for natural gas heat, but still require an electric fan to distribute the heat!

rusknative
rusknative

John Wiley and some Dallas County Commissioners think that "rolling blackouts" is a racist description of drunk drivers of color.

ROFLCopter
ROFLCopter

The real story here is the EPA and it's relentless pursuit of energy sources that reflects the whims of its political masters.  

roo_ster
roo_ster

If our electric grid is not going to invest in coal-fired plants they can turn to during a spike in demand, maybe I ought to install a coal-fired stove/heater in the house.  Wood & wood pellets are OK, but I want something a bit more industrial-age. And a coal crib.

Gangy
Gangy

Time to install solar panels!

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

isn't this the type of blog post reserved for loafer wearing dude, or is he going to have a follow up on the spike in price this morning after the alert went out.  And when is EFH gonna file Chapter 11?

c_k27
c_k27

Is this just an effort to scare us into investing into the energy company's infrastructure and a reserve market?

ThickFreak
ThickFreak

Maybe those homes that are 3000 sqft++ are the problems here

nananancs
nananancs

how did they know I didn't do my wash or that I turned off my lamp??  

spyderdemonjuggalo
spyderdemonjuggalo

Look at those two dumbasses up there in the picture. He did it... No HE did it. Snitches get stitches bitches...lmao

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

That's exactly what it is.

James080
James080

@c_k27 

Of course. They're just looking for the right conditions to manufacture a crisis. Wait until summer reaches peak temperature and EFH announces the need to take a dozen generating plants off line for "maintenance." Don't expect our feckless legislatures or Governor to intervene, they get too much money from that lobby to even consider the public's interest.


Everyone in Texas that is able should switch to gas heat, water heaters, washer and drier, and range. Natural gas is much cheaper to use, and much more efficient in direct use rather being used to generate electricity.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@ThickFreak I see you've hit every blog in town that has blogged about this today.  You having fun?  FYI, those large home with 2 Electric AC units are more efficient than the 700 sq ft 35 year old apartment complex units running 24 hrs a day right now

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@ThickFreak I doubt it.  It's more the five 600 sq/ft homes heated by a couple of space heaters.  


Remember, the 3000 sq/ft home has a fireplace, is well insulated,and will stay more than toasty enough for the Nicholson's of the world in their L.L.Bean flannel pajamas for a few hours.  The poor black elderly man trying to stay warm with a $20 Walmart space heater, on the other hand, is going to burn to death or die of carbon monoxide poisoning when he has to switch to his hibachi grill.

James080
James080

@ThickFreak 

Maybe those 60 year old, 1,200 SF houses, with no insulation in the walls or attics, single pane windows, non-energy-Star appliances are the problem.

doublecheese
doublecheese

@ThickFreak You can blame them in the summer.  I'd like to see a 3000 sqft++ house that isn't heated by natural gas.  

cwi4691
cwi4691

@James080@c_k27 Unfortunately we still require an electric fan to distribute the heat, but you are right on. Texas' electric rates are among the highest in the nation. So how do all our less business friendly States manage to serve their citizens at reasonable rates? Texas + Electric Utilities + R I P O F F!

ThickFreak
ThickFreak

95% of the 76262 is elec heat, I know beacuse I used to service that area back in my hvac days

VelmaMichelle
VelmaMichelle

@doublecheese @ThickFreak Hi there. 2700sq ft house, all electric.  Gas lines were unable to be run in my subdivision due to the topology.  Neighborhood built in 1970's.  They do exist, even here in Dallas.

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