Texans Told to Temper Temperatures as Gas Plants Fail

June 15, 2021

ERCOT: “All of the thermal generators (mostly gas) went offline due to a mechanical failure or the need for repairs.”

Above, KHOU Houston, below, WFAA Dallas on Texas’ Power crisis.

More coverage below:

Newsweek:

Austin Mayor Steve Adler attacked his state’s governor on Tuesday, writing on Twitter that Governor Greg Abbott is more interested in business than the needs of the people when it comes to power outages.

The mayor wrote about Abbott “boasting about Texas being good for business” before declaring that “[ma]ybe when a corporation tells the governor that an unreliable power grid is bad for business, he’ll finally listen. He doesn’t seem to care about whether it’s bad for people.”

And from his official @GovAbbott account, boasting about Texas being good for business.

Maybe when a corporation tells the governor that an unreliable power grid is bad for business, he’ll finally listen. He doesn’t seem to care about whether it’s bad for people.— Mayor Adler | Get vaccinated! (@MayorAdler) June 15, 2021

Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the organization that operates 90 percent of the state’s power to around 25 million, released an alert on Monday urging Texans to conserve energy due to many forced generation outages.

Raw Story:

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was blasted by many Texas residents on Tuesday after he hyped up a new culture war stunt during a time when residents of the state are staring at the prospects of more blackouts.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which operates the state’s electric grid, urged Texans on Monday to conserve energy to avoid a fresh wave of blackouts in the state.

Despite this, Abbott on Tuesday was more focused on pushing symbolic resolutions asserting Texas’s “sovereignty” in all powers not directly allotted to the federal government in the United States Constitution.

“I just signed a Resolution asserting Texas sovereignty under the 10th Amendment over all powers not granted to the federal government by the US Constitution,” Abbott wrote on Twitter. “The Resolution officially notifies the President & Congress to cease acts of encroaching upon the powers of states.”

2 Responses to “Texans Told to Temper Temperatures as Gas Plants Fail”

  1. redskylite Says:

    The current record temperatures and associated power disruptions are occurring at a relatively post La Niña (global) cool period, affected states need to take urgent action as the next El Nino phase of ENSO will be along in the not too far distant future, and it may be an intense one again. No time to lose, time to plan and implement.

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    “California and Texas power grid companies are warning that plants are offline more than usual because of the hot weather, and have residents to conserve energy to avoid rolling blackouts.”

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/weather/2021/06/15/western-heat-wave-wildfires-power-outages-warnings/7709133002/

  2. redskylite Says:

    Earth’s energy imbalance has doubled since 2005

    “The two very independent ways of looking at changes in Earth’s energy imbalance are in really, really good agreement, and they’re both showing this very large trend, which gives us a lot of confidence that what we’re seeing is a real phenomenon and not just an instrumental artifact. ”

    https://news.agu.org/press-release/earths-energy-imbalance-has-doubled-since-2005/


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