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posted by mrpg on Wednesday June 16 2021, @10:20AM   Printer-friendly

'Unplanned' outages hit Texas power plants in soaring temperatures

Officials with Texas' power grid operator pleaded with residents Monday to limit their electrical usage amid soaring temperatures and a series of mechanical problems at power plants.

The appeal, from the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, comes four months after deadly blackouts during a winter storm left millions of people without power — and weeks after state legislators passed a package of measures aimed at fixing some of the problems exposed by the storm.

Officials with the nonprofit group, which oversees 90 percent of Texas' energy production, asked residents to set their thermostats higher, turn off lights and avoid using larger appliances until Friday.

A spokeswoman for the group told reporters that the outages accounted for more than 12,000 megawatts, enough to power 2.4 million homes. Some areas of the state, including Dallas and Tarrant counties, were warned about poor air quality and potentially dangerous heat, with the heat index approaching 110 degrees.

A senior official with ERCOT, Warren Lasher, said it wasn't clear why there were so many unplanned outages. But he said that the group is "deeply concerned" about the plants that are offline and that a thorough investigation is being conducted to better understand the problems.


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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by mcgrew on Wednesday June 16 2021, @03:13PM (6 children)

    by mcgrew (701) <publish@mcgrewbooks.com> on Wednesday June 16 2021, @03:13PM (#1145933) Homepage Journal

    This is America. We have a vote. If your state government elects incompetent fools, it's your own damned fault. So Fuck the state of Texas AND their idiot populace, they got the crooks and morons they stupidly voted for.

    And yes, as an Illinoisian I'm partly responsible for Ryan and Blago, even though I voted against both of them, Blago twice.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 16 2021, @03:36PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 16 2021, @03:36PM (#1145947)

    Are you sure it isn't something Obama did? I'm sure on Fox News this is because of something Nancy Pelosi forced down Texan's throats...

    And keep it real, Texans are like Americans everywhere - fat, consumer-tards with consumption related medical problems.

  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 16 2021, @03:52PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 16 2021, @03:52PM (#1145960)

    "Your freedom stops where my freedom begins"
    It's fine for folks to vote in their own numb-nuts, it's not fine for them to vote in numb-nuts that now affect me.

    TX keeps threatening to secede; I say let them. Let's call their bluff...

    • (Score: 2) by DannyB on Wednesday June 16 2021, @08:54PM

      by DannyB (5839) on Wednesday June 16 2021, @08:54PM (#1146113) Journal

      TX could become part of Mexico. Build a wall along their Northern, Eastern and Western borders.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 17 2021, @02:10AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 17 2021, @02:10AM (#1146274)

      Secession is just hot air for the rubes, and gotta love how well it pairs with their self-image as total patriots. bonkers

  • (Score: 2) by krishnoid on Wednesday June 16 2021, @06:58PM

    by krishnoid (1156) on Wednesday June 16 2021, @06:58PM (#1146058)

    In Texas, it's unlikely that dead (of heat-related causes) people will be able to vote one way or another. I know things work a little differently [youtu.be] in Illinois, so you might want to factor that in to your considerations.

  • (Score: 3, Touché) by DeathMonkey on Wednesday June 16 2021, @07:32PM

    by DeathMonkey (1380) on Wednesday June 16 2021, @07:32PM (#1146079) Journal

    Blago was safely sequestered in jail. Apparently to Trump draining the swamp means letting politicians who have been convicted of corruption out of jail.

    Trump commutes sentence of former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich [nbcnews.com]