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ERCOT is a private entity contracted to the State of Texas to maintain the power grid. They failed monumentally. Now the question needs to be answered: Did ERCOT lie to the state regarding readiness or did the power suppliers (power plants and other points of origin) lie to ERCOT, who failed to provide accurate information to Texas?
 

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Yeah something is definitely not right here.

1) He was sleeping in the same bed with blankets piled on him and right next to his brother who had no signs of hypothermia at all?

2) The parents didn’t think to check on the kid until 2:00pm the next day?!?!

The autopsy report should be interesting. It’s sad that the kid died, but doesn’t take a medical genius to figure out he DID NOT die of hypothermia, at least not in the manner the parents claim he did.
 

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Sounds like they are assimilating nicely......................already have a lawsuit
 

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From two other pages I subscribe to and a small window into the green new deal.

BTW, ERCOT was within 10 minutes of losing the entire grid. This would have taken about a month to restore to current status and would have had to spool up to push the power needed to start all areas back up.


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So here is Biden’s dark winter... directed at us. Smoking Gun! Joe Biden’s Dept. of Energy Blocked Texas from Increasing Power Ahead of Killer Storm a week before, Texas begged for help and asked for DOE to lift federal regulations barring state's energy.

An Emergency Order from the Biden administration’s Department of Energy shows Texas energy grid operator ERCOT was instructed to stay within green energy standards by purchasing energy from outside the state at a higher cost, throttling power output throughout the state ahead of a catastrophic polar vortex.

Going into effect Sunday, Feb. 14, Emergency Order 202-21-1 shows the Energy Dept. was aware of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s statewide disaster declaration and that ERCOT was readying gas utilities in preparation for a demand surge.
The order shows Acting Energy Secretary David Huizenga did not waive environmental restrictions to allow for maximum energy output, instead ordering ERCOT to utilize all resources in order to stay within acceptable emissions standards – including purchasing energy from outside the state.

Moreover, the order instructed an “incremental amount of restricted capacity” to be sold to ERCOT at “a price no lower than $1,500/MWh,” an increase of over 6,000 percent over February 2020 prices of $18.20.
On Wednesday, the Dallas Business Journal reported, “Electricity on the Texas grid has averaged about $1,137.33 per megawatt hour so far in February, up from $18.20 per megawatt hour in February 2020, according to data from the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas. That’s a jump of more than 6,000 percent.”
Days later, the Public Utility Commission of Texas set prices at $9,000/MWh.

The EO shows the Biden administration basically ordered ERCOT to throttle its energy output by forcing it to comply with environmental green energy standards, while knowing full well Texans could freeze to death in their homes with zero electricity as temperatures plunged into the single digits.


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If I were in charge, I would make a major announcement that any illegal immigrant who was made uncomfortable by the weather in Texas, report to this stadium and make your claim to receive big money.
And buses would escort them to the Mexican border and toss them out.
But that's just me.
 

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From two other pages I subscribe to and a small window into the green new deal.

BTW, ERCOT was within 10 minutes of losing the entire grid. This would have taken about a month to restore to current status and would have had to spool up to push the power needed to start all areas back up.


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So here is Biden’s dark winter... directed at us. Smoking Gun! Joe Biden’s Dept. of Energy Blocked Texas from Increasing Power Ahead of Killer Storm a week before, Texas begged for help and asked for DOE to lift federal regulations barring state's energy.

An Emergency Order from the Biden administration’s Department of Energy shows Texas energy grid operator ERCOT was instructed to stay within green energy standards by purchasing energy from outside the state at a higher cost, throttling power output throughout the state ahead of a catastrophic polar vortex.

Going into effect Sunday, Feb. 14, Emergency Order 202-21-1 shows the Energy Dept. was aware of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s statewide disaster declaration and that ERCOT was readying gas utilities in preparation for a demand surge.
The order shows Acting Energy Secretary David Huizenga did not waive environmental restrictions to allow for maximum energy output, instead ordering ERCOT to utilize all resources in order to stay within acceptable emissions standards – including purchasing energy from outside the state.

Moreover, the order instructed an “incremental amount of restricted capacity” to be sold to ERCOT at “a price no lower than $1,500/MWh,” an increase of over 6,000 percent over February 2020 prices of $18.20.
On Wednesday, the Dallas Business Journal reported, “Electricity on the Texas grid has averaged about $1,137.33 per megawatt hour so far in February, up from $18.20 per megawatt hour in February 2020, according to data from the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas. That’s a jump of more than 6,000 percent.”
Days later, the Public Utility Commission of Texas set prices at $9,000/MWh.

The EO shows the Biden administration basically ordered ERCOT to throttle its energy output by forcing it to comply with environmental green energy standards, while knowing full well Texans could freeze to death in their homes with zero electricity as temperatures plunged into the single digits.


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There were a lot of words there, but if you read what was actually in the order, it is not exactly as described. It directs them to use all available resources to avoid exceeding limits, but if they have to, the power producers should charge no less than $1500 a mWh, or $1.5 per kWh which is huge. So they said you could do it at huge cost. This may be why some people have received $17,000 electric bills, because they are on flexible rates based on supplier costs. So I don't think the feds caused the issue, but they certainly made it worse, and made it costly. They probably encouraged behaviors that were risky, because they made doing the right thing so costly. So they did rolling blackouts, that then cause uncontrolled blackouts due to exploding transformers due to load surges when power was brought back up in areas. Really expensive, hard, costly and long time to replace transformers. Ones currently produced probably in China. We need to bring production of transformers back to the US, for security purposes.

This was a huge cluster that had a confluence of issues all at once.
 

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You would think if it was that cold in the house they would have had the kid sleep in the bed with them to keep everyone warm.

Act of God. They will get money only if ERCOT pays a nuisance settlement.
12 degrees inside would be miserable, but very survivable. I am skeptical however that it was actually that cold inside the house.

As you suggest - get the whole family in one room; if need be one bed.

Cover the windows with blankets, rugs or something. Pile up all your blankets, quilts, or whatever and get under them.
Winter for me is weird; I can readily make my bed warm enough that I am sweating, yet it is cold enough that it is painful to walk to the toilet.
 

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I don't know the whole story of this kid or his family, but what I do know is that when the snow, ice, and cold hit, I was stuck in Katy Texas in my RV.
During the night, the power went out and it got down to 19 degrees.
I got up and turned off the beeper on my UPS. I had already disconnected the water the previous afternoon.
Once the annoying beeper was off, I crawled back in bed and stayed there until sometime after the sun came up.
Roads were far too bad to go anywhere, so I stayed that night in the icebox too.
The power came back on later the following day and the roads cleared enough for me to get home.
With not much more than a couple heavy blankets, I managed not to die, or suffer any ill effects of well over 24 hours of being stuck in a cold trailer.

Yes, it is sad that an 11 year old died, but also, yes the story smells.
 
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How come New Mexico, Oklahoma and Arkansas don't have grid problems?
Because they were prepared for crappy weather. There are times when
politicians claiming cost savings need to be ignored and sound engineering fundamentals based on science, not ideology needs to be followed

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Because they were prepared for crappy weather. There are times when
politicians claiming cost savings need to be ignored and sound engineering fundamentals based on science, not ideology needs to be followed

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And because the federal government prioritized against the safety of the citizens of Texas, by hampering full electrical production due to not wanting few days of excess emissions from power plants, needed to cover for downed power sources (wind turbines and other sources).
 

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The question was comparing Texas to nearby states. But OK I'll bite: How did the feds cause problems in the states next door to Texas which had similar weather?

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Unfortunate and avoidable on so many levels, but 100 million?

They are partially responsible for their childs death. Do I sue them?
PARTIALLY??? PARTIALLY???? WTF? They are his parents they are responsible for his safety PERIOD. The power company does not have a contract to provide you power completely uninterrupted. If you want them to take on that sort of liability it is going to cost a LOT more. There is no way in hell my kids are freezing to death in that situation. There were a jillion ways for them to prevent it and it almost certainly didn't happen.

The power company screwed up big time but they are not responsible to get deliver power 24/7/365. If you need that you better make arrangements yourself. I do not have any life dependence on electricity but I still have 3 generators and a bunch of inverters.

Learn to take care of yourself.

Texas should be ashamed of itself. Quite sad to see how far we have fallen.
 

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PARTIALLY??? PARTIALLY???? WTF? They are his parents they are responsible for his safety PERIOD. The power company does not have a contract to provide you power completely uninterrupted. If you want them to take on that sort of liability it is going to cost a LOT more. There is no way in hell my kids are freezing to death in that situation. There were a jillion ways for them to prevent it and it almost certainly didn't happen.

The power company screwed up big time but they are not responsible to get deliver power 24/7/365. If you need that you better make arrangements yourself. I do not have any life dependence on electricity but I still have 3 generators and a bunch of inverters.

Learn to take care of yourself.

Texas should be ashamed of itself. Quite sad to see how far we have fallen.
Hold up. My wife is from Canada and they have cold weather every year. and worse than what hit Texas. You would think that by now all of their power grid would be completely prepared for cold weather and winter storms. And yet my wife who live in the Toronto area had winters where they were without power of 6 weeks! And power outages were a regular occurrence. Tell me again why Texas should be expected to be more prepared than Canada for cold weather and winter storms?
 

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Cause they aren’t Texas...
Ummm they did. Region directly north was running rolling blackouts due to demand exceeding supply, same as TX. Region to the east of TX was tapped out. Region to west had 4-6GW of reserve. Tx was short something like 20-30 GW.

Being part of the national grid would not have helped for this event. Don’t see the region north of us getting lots of help from the rest of the national grid to prevent blackouts. Remember. The ENTIRE nation was seeing this drastic temp drop. Over 70% of the nation had snow on the ground at the same time. That’s a record.

Tx got screwed by folks playing kick the can.
 
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