World Parts of Texas are being told they should not expect power tonight or even longer, as winter storms leave millions of Texans without power

03:41  17 february  2021
03:41  17 february  2021 Source:   businessinsider.com.au

ERCOT Power Outage Map, Updates As Texas Winter Storm Leaves 1.8 Million Without Power

  ERCOT Power Outage Map, Updates As Texas Winter Storm Leaves 1.8 Million Without Power Energy companies have been directed by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas to rotate power outages.Power Outage US reports that nearly two million Texans are without power as numerous energy providers implement controlled outages to control the flow of power. Texas is being hit by a winter storm and facing freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall.

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  • Millions still don't have power in Texas, and Austin power providers have said outages will continue.
  • Austin Energy said that outages will likely extend into Wednesday.
  • The privately-owned Electric Reliability Council of Texas has not provided a clear timeline either.
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Energy utility services across major cities in Texas, like Austin and Houston, have told residents to prepare for at least another night of power outages.

In Austin, the public energy utility service tweeted that the outages, now in their second day amid snowstorm Uri and freezing temperatures in the state, will extend into Wednesday.

Why the Texas power grid is struggling to cope with the extreme cold

  Why the Texas power grid is struggling to cope with the extreme cold A sudden spike in energy demand and a loss of natural gas, coal, nuclear, and wind energy during a winter storm triggered blackouts across the state.The National Weather Service on Monday reported that 150 million Americans were under various winter storm warnings, with heavy snow and ice still likely to sweep from the Southern Plains, to the Ohio Valley, to the Northeast.

The announcement came Tuesday as the state's privately owned Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) told legislators that power grid operators currently can't predict when outages might end.

On Tuesday, ERCOT also asked Austin Energy to shed more power and shut off more facilities, according to KXAN.

Local officials have pushed back, saying that shedding more power could mean that hospitals and other medical facilities could also go dark.

Power companies shed power by selectively turning off the power supply for groups of customers if the entire power grid is at risk, which has been at play in Texas during this weather crisis.

"While ERCOT says conditions are improving, we want customers to know this is a dynamic situation and conditions are changing throughout the day. Customers should be prepared to not have power through Tuesday night and possibly longer," Austin Energy tweeted.

Anger rises as millions in Texas remain without power and heat

  Anger rises as millions in Texas remain without power and heat Winter weather has also shut down Texas energy producers and halted ship traffic out of Houston’s seaport.“I know people are angry and frustrated,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, who woke up to more than one million people still without power in the state’s largest city. “So am I.

Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative, another service provider, told KXAN that electrical generation capacity was improving in areas of Austin.

"Electric generation capacity in ERCOT's region is improving today, and more wind and solar power will be available. Power plants that were offline or operating at reduced capacity yesterday are coming online or increasing their production," Bluebonnet said in a statement.

According to the Austin American Statesman, 43% of Austin residents are still without power.

At least two people have died due to the extreme weather and Texas, and millions are still without power.

Water an Ongoing 'Challenge' as 13 Million Texans Under Boil Water Order, Officials Say

  Water an Ongoing 'Challenge' as 13 Million Texans Under Boil Water Order, Officials Say State officials said they requested the EPA provide two mobile labs to assist with water sample testing.While power was restored to an estimated 2 million Texans by Thursday, Chief W. Nim Kidd with the Texas Division of Emergency Management said water "will continue to be a challenge" due to frozen and broken water lines across Texas. The outages are not just affecting the drinking water that flows to residential customers but are also impacting the organizations and businesses that rely on institutional water, he said.

Austin Energy sent a memo to customers on Sunday telling them to expect rotating 10- to 30-minute outages, while some customers have been without power for more than 30 hours, according to the Statesman.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Texas Governor Greg Abbott have directed their criticisms towards ERCOT.

Adler said that "ERCOT has to explain how millions of Texans are without power. Rolling outages are not that. There have to be systemic changes. This is happening every 10 years, and there's got to be a better plan."

Abbott has called ERCOT "anything but reliable" and has called their actions "unacceptable."

Some Houston power providers have made announcements about when customers can expect outages to end.

Centerpoint Public Utilities issued a statement saying it couldn't predict when all of its customers could expect power again, saying it could take "several more days," with rolling outages.

Fort Bend County Judge K.P. George tweeted, "I am as frustrated as you are."

On Tuesday, George said in a Facebook Live update that 60% of residents in Fort Bend County, which encompasses part of Houston, are still living with no power.

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