Texas Power Grid, Strained Last Winter, Now Faces an Early Heat Wave

Regulators have asked residents to start conserving energy after demand hit a June record just one week into the month.

#electric-light-and-power, #electric-reliability-council-of-texas, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #texas, #weather

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Rolling Blackouts Hit Taiwan After Accident at Power Plant

Several cities, including the capital, Taipei, were affected by power outages after a grid failure in the southern city of Kaohsiung.

#electric-light-and-power, #kaohsiung-china, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #taiwan

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A Growing Summertime Risk for Cities: Power Failures During Heat Waves

The author of a new study said the combination of blackouts and extreme heat “may be the deadliest climate-related event we can imagine.”

#air-conditioning, #atlanta-ga, #detroit-mich, #disasters-and-emergencies, #environmental-sciencetechnology-journal, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heatstroke, #phoenix-ariz, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #research, #stone-brian, #urban-areas

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Blackout Strikes Natanz Nuclear Facility and Iran Calls It Sabotage

The power failure comes at a delicate time, with talks underway in Vienna to restore the 2015 nuclear deal.

#defense-and-military-forces, #iran, #israel, #natanz-iran, #nuclear-weapons, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #united-states-international-relations

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Drillers Burned Off Gas at a Staggering Rate as Winter Storm Hit Texas

Frigid temperatures last month froze pipelines and forced companies to flare vast amounts of planet-warming gases that they suddenly had nowhere to send.

#carbon-dioxide, #drilling-and-boring, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #methane, #natural-gas, #oil-and-gas-climate-initiative, #permian-basin-north-america, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #texas

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Colorado Snowstorm Knocks Out Power to Thousands and Snarls Travel

The storm, which brought heavy, wet snow to parts of Colorado and Wyoming, resulted in road closings, canceled flights and downed trees and power lines.

#colorado, #denver-colo, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #snow-and-snowstorms, #weather, #wyoming

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ERCOT Fires Chief Executive Bill Magness After Texas Storm

Seven board members of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas had resigned in the wake of widespread outages. Those who remained decided to fire the agency’s chief executive.

#electric-light-and-power, #electric-reliability-council-of-texas, #magness-bill, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #texas

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Leader of Texas Utility Regulator Resigns After Extensive Storm Outages

DeAnn T. Walker, the chairwoman of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, had been caught in a tide of fury that swelled after millions were left without power.

#electric-light-and-power, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #public-utility-commission-of-texas, #snow-and-snowstorms, #texas, #walker-deann-t

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Texas After the Storm

Even as the cold has lifted and the ice has melted, the true depth of the devastation remains hidden. We look at the aftermath of the storm through the eyes of three women.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #electric-light-and-power, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #texas

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China Appears to Warn India: Push Too Hard and the Lights Could Go Out

As border skirmishing increased last year, malware began to flow into the Indian electric grid, a new study shows, and a blackout hit Mumbai. It now looks like a warning.

#china, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #india, #industrial-espionage, #mumbai-india, #phishing-computer-fraud, #politics-and-government, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #territorial-disputes

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Texans Demand Answers as They Grapple With Storm’s Lingering Wrath

After millions lost power during a winter storm, lawmakers have held marathon hearings, prosecutors have started criminal investigations and residents have asked for accountability.

#electric-light-and-power, #electric-reliability-council-of-texas, #politics-and-government, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #public-utility-commission-of-texas, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #state-legislatures, #texas

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Residents of a Texas Border City Long Felt Overlooked. The Storm Made It Worse.

Del Rio residents, searching for fresh food and water, said that government aid has been sparse. “When they’re running for office is when we see them,” one man said of politicians.

#del-rio-tex, #food-banks-and-pantries, #hispanic-americans, #illegal-immigration, #power-failures-and-blackouts

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ERCOT Managers Resign After Widespread Storm Outages

The chairwoman and three other board members of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas stepped down after millions were left without electricity during freezing temperatures.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #boards-of-directors, #electric-light-and-power, #electric-reliability-council-of-texas, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #texas

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Having Won Syria’s War, al-Assad Is Mired in Economic Woes

After a decade of war, the biggest threat now to President Bashar al-Assad is an economic crisis. But at a recent meeting, he had no concrete solutions to his country’s extreme distress.

#assad-bashar-al, #bread, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #damascus-syria, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #foreign-aid, #hair, #international-trade-and-world-market, #israel, #politics-and-government, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #syria, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #world-food-program

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Texans Needed Food and Comfort After a Brutal Storm. As Usual, They Found It at H-E-B.

As state government flounders, has a beloved grocery store chain become “the moral center of Texas”?

#austin-tex, #h-e-b, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #san-antonio-tex, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #texas

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Storm Victims Didn’t Bring It on Themselves

Disasters call for compassion and action, not sniping on social media.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #portland-ore, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #southern-states-us, #texas, #weather

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What a Texas Plumber Faces Now: A State Full of Burst Pipes

Since a winter storm and hard freeze swept through the state last week, knocking out power and heat, homeowners have swamped plumbers with urgent repair calls.

#bellaire-tex, #calazans-randy, #cinco-ranch-houston-tex, #houston-tex, #ice, #plumbing, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #snow-and-snowstorms, #texas, #water

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Texas Power Grid Run by ERCOT Set Up the State for Disaster

Texas has refused to join interstate electrical grids and railed against energy regulation. Now it’s having to answer to millions of residents who were left without power in last week’s snowstorm.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #electric-light-and-power, #electric-reliability-council-of-texas, #energy-and-power, #heating, #natural-gas, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #texas

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His Lights Stayed on During Texas’ Storm. Now He Owes $16,752.

After a public outcry from people like Scott Willoughby, whose exorbitant electric bill is soon due, Gov. Greg Abbott said lawmakers should ensure Texans “do not get stuck with skyrocketing energy bills” caused by the storm.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #electric-light-and-power, #heating, #natural-gas, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #public-citizen, #texas

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Texas Winter Storm: What to Know

Power outages and no running water have left Texas and other parts of the South still feeling the effects of a deep freeze that swept the region earlier this week.

#electric-light-and-power, #food-banks-and-pantries, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #shortages, #texas, #water

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Texas Crisis Exposes a Nation’s Vulnerability to Climate Change

Continent-spanning storms triggered blackouts in Oklahoma and Mississippi, halted one third of U.S. oil production and disrupted vaccinations in 20 states.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #disasters-and-emergencies, #drought, #electric-light-and-power, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #nuclear-energy, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #roads-and-traffic, #texas, #united-states, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

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Extreme Cold Killed Texans in Their Bedrooms, Vehicles and Backyards

At least 58 people died in storm-affected areas stretching to Ohio, victims of carbon monoxide poisoning, car crashes, drownings, house fires and hypothermia.

#carbon-monoxide, #deaths-fatalities, #deaths-obituaries, #hypothermia, #poisoning-and-poisons, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #texas, #weather

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Ted Cruz Is Going to the Dogs

What’s worse than an Irish setter on the roof?

#animal-abuse-rights-and-welfare, #cruz-ted, #dogs, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #romney-mitt, #snow-and-snowstorms, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Texas Hospitals Hard Hit by Covid Struggle Without Power and Water

The state’s power failure has plunged some hospitals into crisis, even as they are still reeling from the coronavirus pandemic.

#austin-tex, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dialysis, #hospitals, #houston-tex, #houston-methodist-hospital, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #shortages, #texas, #water

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Texas Water Crisis: Frozen Pipes, Cracked Wells and Offline Treatment Plants

Electricity was restored to most Texans who had lost power after a winter storm, but water systems for nearly two-thirds of residents were disrupted, leaving millions without drinkable water.

#power-failures-and-blackouts, #shortages, #texas, #water

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Mexico Cries Foul at Natural Gas Cutoff Ordered by Texas Governor

Amid his own push for Mexican energy sovereignty, President López Obrador said he was trying to stop a measure by Texas to restrict gas exports as both sides of the border suffered mass outages.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #energy-and-power, #international-trade-and-world-market, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #mexico, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #texas

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Ted Cruz’s Trip to Cancún Draws Fire Amid Texas’ Deep Freeze

The Texas senator faced fierce blowback for fleeing his state as a disaster unfolded. Text messages sent by his wife revealed a hastily planned trip away from their “FREEZING” family home.

#cancun-mexico, #cruz-heidi-nelson, #cruz-ted, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #texas, #travel-and-vacations, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Texas, Land of Wind and Lies

When post-truth politics meets energy policy.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #electric-light-and-power, #natural-gas, #politics-and-government, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #texas, #wind-power

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Texas Storms, California Heat Waves and ‘Vulnerable’ Utilities

Power failures have cast a spotlight on whether energy companies and regulators are doing enough to prepare for climate change and natural disasters.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #california, #electric-light-and-power, #energy-and-power, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #solar-energy, #texas, #weather, #wind-power

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Senator Ted Cruz left Texas for Cancún as the state was battered by a brutal winter storm.

Photos of Mr. Cruz and his wife boarding a flight from Houston to Cancún, Mexico, sparked a fierce outcry on social media late Wednesday.

#cruz-ted, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #texas

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How to Prevent the Next Texas Power Breakdown

The state’s massive blackouts are the result of a failure to insure against extreme weather.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #electric-light-and-power, #energy-and-power, #natural-gas, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #temperature, #texas, #weather, #wind-power

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Texas Grid Failure Stirs Feud Between Cities and State

As the state reels from power outages, Democrats look to turn the tables on the Republicans who dominate state government.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #democratic-party, #electric-light-and-power, #politics-and-government, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #republican-party, #state-legislatures, #texas, #turner-sylvester

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Desperate for Light and Warmth, Texans See No End for Winter Storm

In central Texas, where many roads have already been impassible for days, another barrage of sleet and snow was expected late into Wednesday evening.

#electric-light-and-power, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #texas, #water, #weather

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Texas Could Have Kept the Lights On

Republicans are blaming renewable energy, when it’s the state’s powerful utilities that failed to prepare for the worst.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #entergy-corporation, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #republican-party, #solar-energy, #wind-power

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Store in Oregon That Threw Out Food Is Confronted by Angry Activists

The police responded to a Fred Meyer grocery store in Portland that had tossed its refrigerated food after a winter storm knocked out power throughout the city, infuriating residents.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #food, #kroger-company, #portland-ore, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #winter-season

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No, Wind Farms Aren’t the Main Cause of the Texas Blackouts

The state’s widespread electricity failure was largely caused by freezing natural gas pipelines. That didn’t stop advocates for fossil fuels from trying to shift blame.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #conservatism-us-politics, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wind-power

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Texas Blackouts Hit Minority Neighborhoods Especially Hard

As the freak winter storm raged, historically marginalized communities were among the first to face power outages, experts say.

#electric-light-and-power, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #snow-and-snowstorms, #texas

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The Daily: Climate Change and the Texas Blackouts

One of the worst winter storms in years has plunged large parts of the United States into a deadly energy crisis. It may be a glimpse of America’s future.

#energy-and-power, #global-warming, #heating, #infrastructure-public-works, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #snow-and-snowstorms, #temperature, #texas

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Texas Winter Storm Leads to Power Outages and Angry Residents

“I’m kind of angry,” said one man whose family has been without power since Monday. A winter storm caused physical damage to the electrical grid’s infrastructure as well as a surge in demand.

#electric-reliability-council-of-texas, #energy-and-power, #heating, #oncor-incorporated, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #snow-and-snowstorms, #temperature, #texas, #weather

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Winter Storm Disrupts Automakers, Retailers and Delivery Services

Power outages, natural gas shortages and icy conditions made it hard for automakers, retailers and delivery carriers to operate across much of the South and Midwest.

#delivery-services, #factories-and-manufacturing, #fedex-corporation, #ford-motor-co, #general-motors, #midwestern-states-us, #natural-gas, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #shortages, #shutdowns-institutional, #snow-and-snowstorms, #southern-states-us, #texas, #toyota-motor-corp, #trucks-and-trucking, #united-parcel-service-inc, #walmart-stores-inc, #weather

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A Glimpse of the Future in Texas: Climate Change Means Trouble for Power Grids

Systems are designed to handle spikes in demand, but the wild and unpredictable weather linked to global warming will very likely push grids beyond their limits.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #heating, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #snow-and-snowstorms, #texas

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Icy Storm Barrels Across Central U.S., Leaving Millions Without Power

The snowstorm covered a huge part of the country, including states unaccustomed to slick roads and a deep freeze.

#national-weather-service, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #snow-and-snowstorms, #temperature, #texas, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #weather, #wind-power

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Scenes From a Record-Setting Winter Storm

The coast-to-coast storm brought heavy snow and frigid temperatures as well as prompted rolling blackouts.

#dallas-tex, #mississippi, #ohio, #oklahoma, #photography, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #snow-and-snowstorms, #texas, #washington-state, #winter-season

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At Least 120 Million Americans Bracing for Coast-to-Coast Storm

Widespread winter storm warnings or advisories were posted on Sunday as low temperatures, heavy snow and ice threatened huge swaths of the country.

#austin-tex, #mid-atlantic-states-us, #national-weather-service, #new-england-states-us, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #snow-and-snowstorms, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

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Winter Storms Pummel U.S. With Snow, Ice and Extreme Cold

The harsh weather was a prelude to another winter storm that is expected to bring more snow, sleet and freezing rain to over 100 million Americans over the next several days.

#clark-county-wash, #northeastern-states-us, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #portland-general-electric-company, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #roads-and-traffic, #snow-and-snowstorms, #weather, #winter-season

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Much of Pakistan Loses Power in Massive Blackout

Pakistani news sites said almost the entire country of more than 200 million was without power.

#pakistan, #power-failures-and-blackouts

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Christmas Eve Brings Blizzard Warnings for Midwest

Forecasters predict blizzards in the Midwest. Freezing temperatures in the South. Flooding and power outages in the Northeast. And maybe tornadoes in Florida.

#christmas, #east-coast-us, #eversource-energy, #jacksonville-fla, #knoxville-tenn, #midwestern-states-us, #national-weather-service, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #snow-and-snowstorms, #southern-states-us, #weather

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Citing Coal Shortages, China Rations Electricity for Millions

Warning of coal shortages, officials are trying to curb energy usage by telling residents not to use electric stoves and extinguishing lights on building facades and billboards.

#australia, #coal, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #electric-light-and-power, #national-energy-administration-china, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #shortages, #wenzhou-china, #xi-jinping, #yiwu-china, #zhejiang-province-china

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Nor’easter Knocks Out Power to More Than 200,000 in New England

More than 110,000 customers in Maine alone lost electricity after a nor’easter brought high winds and heavy snow.

#connecticut, #maine, #massachusetts, #new-england-states-us, #new-hampshire, #noreaster, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #snow-and-snowstorms, #weather, #wind

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Tropical Storm Eta Causes Flooding in South Florida

Some areas saw more than 13 inches of rainfall, and there was a storm surge along the coast.

#floods, #florida, #florida-powerlight-co, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #national-hurricane-center, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #weather, #wind

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