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    Rolling Blackouts

    14 states face rolling blackouts amid massive winter storms after a major power operator declared an energy emergency

    A major power-grid manager that operates in states from North Dakota to Texas has ordered rolling blackouts amid an extreme cold blast that has hit much of the US.
    Southwest Power Pool, which is headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas, ordered the rolling blackouts Monday, declaring an energy emergency. Extreme weather had already taken out power for millions of homes in Texas, where temperatures hit record lows.
    According to The New York Times, the organization manages the electric grid used in all of Oklahoma and Kansas and parts of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Nebraska, and New Mexico.
    The grid operator said in a statement on Twitter that this was the first time it had ordered mass rolling blackouts and that it was doing so to prevent further uncontrolled power failures.


    "It's a last resort, that we understand puts a burden on our member utilities and the customers they serve, but it's a step we're consciously taking to prevent circumstances from getting worse, which could result in uncontrolled outages of even greater magnitude," SPP's executive vice president and chief operating officer, Lanny Nickell, said in the statement.
    SPP isn't alone in ordering rolling blackouts because of the winter storm.
    The Electric Reliability Council of Texas issued rolling blackouts in Texas on Monday, and the power provider Oncor told customers the supply of electricity was "lower than demand." The cold snap also caused T-Mobile service interruptions in the state.
    Officials in Alabama and Kentucky confirmed residents in their states had lost power — the Tuscaloosa County Emergency Management Agency in Alabama told the local Fox 6 that at least 1,800 customers had lost power on Monday, while the Kentucky local channel KYWX said at least 22,000 customers had lost power.


    As of 2 p.m. on Monday, at least 2.8 million Texans had experienced power loss, according to PowerOutage.us.
    Dan Woodfin, a senior director for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which manages the state's power grid, said in a press conference that power loss was expected to continue into Tuesday, per Bloomberg.
    "We anticipate we will need to continue these controlled outages for the rest of today and perhaps all day tomorrow," he said.
    Bill Magness, the head of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, told Bloomberg that all grid operators and electric companies in the state were "fighting to restore power" as soon as possible.


    Extreme cold weather and snow are rare in Texas, and the National Weather Service in the state, based in Midland, tweeted early Monday that it recorded a temperature of minus 2 degrees Fahrenheit, the coldest temperature in the region in 32 years.
    All 254 Texas counties were under winter weather advisories as of Sunday night, and President Joe Biden declared a state of emergency, giving Texas aid for sheltering and mass care.
    The Department of Energy also issued an emergency order on Monday allowing Texas power plants to produce more electricity to help with the loss of power, Bloomberg reported.
    The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang reported that the storm and extreme cold as far south as Texas were caused by a disruption in the polar vortex in January.


    https://www.insider.com/texas-snow-s...ergency-2021-2

    Don't need a weather man to know which way the wind blows



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    This is what happens when the government runs the power grid
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Collins View Post
    This is what happens when the government runs the power grid
    This is what happens with price controls. Doesn't matter who is running it, if you don't allow prices to reflect supply and demand, you will have shortages. Doesn't matter what the product or service is. Doesn't matter where it happens.

    This should be an economics lesson - not merely a mismanagement lesson.
    "And now that the legislators and do-gooders have so futilely inflicted so many systems upon society, may they finally end where they should have begun: May they reject all systems, and try liberty; for liberty is an acknowledgment of faith in God and His works." - Bastiat

    "It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." - Voltaire

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    Soon all states will be experiencing blacks out, all for the glory of the Great Reset.
    "Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration is minding my own business."

    Calvin Coolidge

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    1965
    and it has nothing to do with "Green "anything.
    https://www.history.com/this-day-in-...heast-blackout
    2003
    https://www.history.com/this-day-in-...-united-states

    It is an ongoing issue..

    Where were you when the lights went out?
    Last edited by pcosmar; 02-17-2021 at 11:07 AM.
    Liberty is lost through complacency and a subservient mindset. When we accept or even welcome automobile checkpoints, random searches, mandatory identification cards, and paramilitary police in our streets, we have lost a vital part of our American heritage. America was born of protest, revolution, and mistrust of government. Subservient societies neither maintain nor deserve freedom for long.
    Ron Paul 2004

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    It's all about Freedom

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    Living like a fat cat here on muh coal fired electric . Electric all day baby !
    Do something Danke

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    It would behove us to have an alternate energy source at the ready.

    Don't need a weather man to know which way the wind blows

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    Quote Originally Posted by oyarde View Post
    Living like a fat cat here on muh coal fired electric . Electric all day baby !
    Sault Ste Marie has a Hydro electric power-plant in town.. But still goes without power..on occasion.

    Key West Fired up a Local Powerplant when "Andrew" took the Power out.. Powered the Lower Keys till the connection was restored.

    The infrastructure needs to be upgraded..

    Does not matter how much power you produce, if you can't get it to customers.
    Liberty is lost through complacency and a subservient mindset. When we accept or even welcome automobile checkpoints, random searches, mandatory identification cards, and paramilitary police in our streets, we have lost a vital part of our American heritage. America was born of protest, revolution, and mistrust of government. Subservient societies neither maintain nor deserve freedom for long.
    Ron Paul 2004

    Registered Ron Paul supporter # 2202
    It's all about Freedom



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    Quote Originally Posted by pcosmar View Post
    Sault Ste Marie has a Hydro electric power-plant in town.. But still goes without power..on occasion.

    Key West Fired up a Local Powerplant when "Andrew" took the Power out.. Powered the Lower Keys till the connection was restored.

    The infrastructure needs to be upgraded..

    Does not matter how much power you produce, if you can't get it to customers.
    Ya , things probably worse than people admit .
    Do something Danke

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    Don't need a weather man to know which way the wind blows

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    Quote Originally Posted by shakey1 View Post
    The east side of Austin, for those who don't know, is low rent and largely ethnic.
    Quote Originally Posted by DamianTV View Post
    Define Terrorist please.

    According to, well, pretty much both political parties, the other party is now guilty of Terrorism.
    Listening to the mainstream media is like standing under a power line when the birds are migrating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt Collins View Post
    This is what happens when the government runs the power grid
    Any good papers on what a true free market in electricity might look like. Not just some market based reforms on the current system, but a whole new picture of what it might look like line.
    Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne,--
    Yet that scaffold sways the future, and, behind the dim unknown,
    Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above his own.
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