Texas electrical grid issues

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Abbott called special legislature session and the Texas energy grid problems are not even on the list !

Abbott has to go !
 

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Legislation reforming the bail system in Texas to protect the public from
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Legislation strengthening the integrity of elections in Texas.

Legislation providing funding to support law-enforcement agencies, counties,
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Legislation similar to Senate Bill 1109 from the 87th Legislature, Regular
Session, requiring schools to provide appropriate education to middle- and
high-school students about dating violence, domestic violence, and child
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Legislation identical to Senate Bill 29 as passed by the Texas Senate in the
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Legislation similar to Senate Bill 394 from the 87th Legislature, Regular
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drugs are provided unless there is voluntary and informed consent.

Legislation similar to House Bill 3507 from the 87th Legislature, Regular
Session, relating to a "thirteenth check" or one-time supplemental payment of
benefits under the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.

Legislation similar to House Bill 3979 concerning critical race theory as
originally passed by the Texas Senate in the 87th Legislature, Regular
Session.

Legislation providing appropriations from additional available general revenue for the following purposes:

property-tax relief;
• enhanced protection for the safety of children in Texas' foster-care
system by attracting and retaining private providers for the system; and
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It's fine like it is.
Deregulated and market driven.
Utilities and consumers are well served 9999 days out of 10000.
Market players who got hit with an astronomical bill aren't happy.
Lock in a rate and get over it.
It needs to be about more than rates. Reliability is important too, and the February experience suggests that reliability is a random variable and is quite possibly going to get worse as we increase reliance on "green" sources.

As an example, maybe we could design the grid to ensure that the probability that anyone goes without power for more than x consecutive hours is less than y for some "reasonable" choices of x and y. What is going to be done to provide better reliability? I've heard nothing so far.

I'm still waiting for parts for my pool after spending $5K on repairs. I was lucky to have pipes burst while I was in the house and could shut the water off at the street. We were without power for 75 straight hours. I'd like someone to explain why I should expect nothing like that will happen again. So far, crickets.
 

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Abbott called special legislature session and the Texas energy grid problems are not even on the list !

Abbott has to go !
After all the good things he's done, and is doing for Texas.... he doesn't address one problem the way you think he should, and you want to kick him to the curb?

Lord, no wonder the Repubs can't accomplish anything with loyalty like that.

Perhaps if we had Master Beto in there, everything would go well?

I agree the electric grid should be reformed to be more reliable, but how often do we have a freeze like that? Once every 40-50 years?
Take some responsibility on yourself, and buy a good quality generator to keep your vital appliances running during a power outage.
Cold snaps like we had this year almost qualify as an un-preventable "act of God"...
 

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It's fine like it is.
Deregulated and market driven.
Utilities and consumers are well served 9999 days out of 10000.
Market players who got hit with an astronomical bill aren't happy.
Lock in a rate and get over it.
V and H, with all due respect you really do not know how close we have come this summer to rolling blackouts again.

This is no longer a once in a lifetime threat. And as more wind and solar generation is added, this is going to get worse.

That said, some (not all) of the problem could probably be addressed through regulatory agencies and not necessarily require legislation.
 

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V and H, with all due respect you really do not know how close we have come this summer to rolling blackouts again.

This is no longer a once in a lifetime threat. And as more wind and solar generation is added, this is going to get worse.

That said, some (not all) of the problem could probably be addressed through regulatory agencies and not necessarily require legislation.
And additional problems are caused by more people and businesses moving to Texas. Also all these electric cars that the keep saying will save the earth and fix global warming take a shit-ton of power to charge up.
I agree that electric cars are the future, but our electric system is in the past. If they made solar more affordable, it would be a different issue, or if they got fusion reactors figured out.
 

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V and H, with all due respect you really do not know how close we have come this summer to rolling blackouts again.

This is no longer a once in a lifetime threat. And as more wind and solar generation is added, this is going to get worse.

That said, some (not all) of the problem could probably be addressed through regulatory agencies and not necessarily require legislation.
Actually, I do. I listen to the news sometimes, and I heard about conserving electricity to help avoid the rolling blackouts.

Has it been officially decided that wind and solar are the reason for the power outages, and if so, why? Or is it simply that we have added more demand than our system can handle at this point?
Unless power plants are being shut down because of added wind and solar, how could they cause this problem? Seems like adding wind/solar into an existing grid could only help it... ? I confess I'm not well versed in the whole electric system structure.
 

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