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The Texas electric grid can barely keep the lights on

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The Texas electric grid can barely keep the lights on


@asciimov 9 minutes

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Life long Texan here. Some of y'all need to get this setting your house temp to 78° figured out. 78 is damned comfortable, even in high humidity, as long as you have your ceiling fans on moving that air around. Don't have ceiling fans? Better get them installed in every room. Lowes and Home Depot regularly sell ceiling fans that are $35 that are quiet and run just fine.

Sure 78 isn't as cold as 72 or 68 that many of y'all like keeping your houses in the summer, but it sure as hell beats the indoor temps of 95+ when you don't have power.

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@pedro2 35 minutes

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So has Musk changes the Tesla factory to Texas yet?

Serious question.

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@bink 59 minutes

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He talks about several generation facilities catching fire and going out of service in recent days, but focuses primarily on the causes of the energy shortage being regulation and bureaucracy taking too long to approve new generation rather than lack of regulation preventing these fires. Then he talks about how Texas actually approves new generation faster than other states. It seems like an argument made to support a predetermined opinion.

The mention of quick approval of transmission lines is interesting, but I do have to wonder how those that live near these new lines feel about quick approvals.

I worked in the industry for several years so I'm not at all suggesting all regulations are good. And I realize how hard it can be to get approval to run a new transmission line or pipeline is most of the country. But that doesn't mean the answer to every energy shortage is just to loosen regulations and build more of everything.

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@txcwpalpha 30 minutes

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"it's not even hot yet" what?

May 2022 is on track to be the hottest May on record in Texas. It's already hitting over 100 degrees in most of Texas. It does not typically get this hot until July. Most of the country is facing a huge heat wave this last week, and while some of the country got a reprieve this weekend, Texas did not.

For comparison, this time last year the temperature was in the 70s/low 80s. The average high for May in Austin is 86. The temperature this week in Austin is forecast to be over 100.

It's ridiculous that the Texas grid can't handle this, but to say "it's not even hot yet" is disingenuous. It's fucking hot.

https://news.yahoo.com/texas-shatters-heat-record-temps-1805...

https://weather.com/forecast/regional/news/2022-05-06-heat-w...

https://www.kvue.com/article/weather/may-2022-track-to-be-wa...

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@weezin 56 minutes

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Texas has been near 100 on multiple days already.

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@chroem- 34 seconds

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Is California still experiencing rolling brownouts?

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@josephcsible 1 hour

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> change your thermostat setting to 78°

Yeah, I can't take this guy seriously.

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@wmf 1 hour

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ERCOT has a pretty readable dashboard at https://www.ercot.com/gridmktinfo/dashboards where you can watch the situation in real time.

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@DoreenMichele 24 minutes

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Just to try to make this point front and center, he says a few tweets in:

But we’re an electrical island. We’re not connected to other grids. This independence allows us to do things like build CREZ (transmission lines for wind energy) quickly and without FERC bureaucracy. But it comes with a risk: we always have to supply all of our own energy.

This is a large part of why Texas is having electrical issues making national headlines and I'm not sure it's really getting the emphasis it merits to understand the issue.

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@bloomingeek 20 minutes

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Not to get anybodies goat, but living in larger homes with above normal HVAC systems is very expensive. Insulating homes has come a long way in the past few decades, but size is what matters. Energy companies are always going to look for ways to make money, why would we help them by using large amounts of electricity? I live in a hot state, Oklahoma, the best I ever did was upgrade my A/C to a R-410a system. This was 11 years ago and it has more then paid for itself. (My old R-22 system was well maintained) We can't rely on the energy companies to do anything cost saving for us, we must do it.

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@mwattsun 1 hour

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Interesting: I assumed Texas wasn't connected to the national grid because they hate the Federal govt (I remember Texas' Rick Perry saying he wanted to abolish the Dept of Energy.) But Michael Lee says it's because they can move faster in building transmission lines for wind energy. No idea if this is true.

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@hk1337 46 minutes

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Wind generation is plays a role in the Texas grid and we’ve had a lot days without wind. Wind, you know a renewable energy source everyone wants instead of fossil fuels.

EDIT: Also, I hate this new “blogging format” of multiple tweets instead of a single page.

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