World As Power Outages Continue in Texas, Portland, Oregon Struggles With 'Unprecedented' Winter Storm

23:48  18 february  2021
23:48  18 february  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

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.

An " unprecedented " winter storm continued its assault on the nation Monday, leaving millions without power in Texas and wreaking travel havoc across a wide swath of the central and southern U.S. due to the heavy snow and ice. Rotating power outages were initiated by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas , or ERCOT, Monday morning, meaning thousands went without electricity for short periods as temperatures fell into the teens near Dallas and Houston. "We urge Texans to put safety first," the council tweeted as it urged residents to reduce electricity use.

The Dallas, Texas , family had just used its last piece of firewood, the only thing warming them up during the state's rare winter storm . "We need some help," Chester Jones, posting from the account @checkjones on Tuesday, can be heard saying in the video. President Joe Biden declared a state of emergency in Texas Sunday as record-low temperatures continued in the state. At least 10 people have died amid the catastrophe. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) began rolling out statewide blackouts on Monday to protect the state's power grid, which left millions without electricity.

In addition to the widespread power outages in Texas, Portland, Oregon is facing a similar situation with nearly 100,000 residents in the city without power due to an extreme snow and ice storm.

a large truck covered in snow: Drivers will be forced to detour around a water pipe repair crew after a snow storm on February 18, 2021 in Fort Worth, Texas. © Ron Jenkins/Getty Drivers will be forced to detour around a water pipe repair crew after a snow storm on February 18, 2021 in Fort Worth, Texas.

While speaking with Newsweek, Elizabeth Lattanner, a spokesperson for Portland General Electric (PGE), explained that electrical crews have been able to restore power to more than 566,000 customers, but "about 98,000 remain without power."

According to Lattanner, Portland General Electric has repaired 32 transmission lines, 27 substations and 226 feeders, but nine transmission lines and 11 feeders still need to be repaired and restored.

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.

Texas Mayor resigns after telling citizens to stop asking for help amid the snowstorms Millions are going on day three without power as devastating winter storms in Texas continue to wreak havoc across the Lone Star State and although moments of crises are typically when governments step in and help the constituents At least 17 deaths have been linked to this week’s storm , including several people who died of monoxide poisoning while trying to warm up inside their cars and a family that died in a house fire. “ Texans are suffering without power because those in power have failed us,” former Rep.

The outages come while a winter storm continues to pummel the state, causing unsafe conditions and a desperate need for heat.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free."FEMA has supplied generators to Texas and is preparing to move diesel on to the state to ensure the continued availability of backup power ," said How quickly the media has taken to the Biden’s stutter excuse. “The Democratic presidential candidate’s gaffes may be rooted in a little-understood disability,” The Hill theorized when Biden first shared the story of his early struggles with stuttering.

"The destruction and damage to kind of every aspect of our system was significant. The storm was unprecedented and came in three waves which created its own set of challenges as we restored power in one area, another area would be impacted and some customers experienced multiple outages because of the multiple waves," Lattanner said, adding that the city has not seen a storm like this in the past 40 years.

Similarly, Dale Goodman, director of utility operations for PGE told KOMO News that "These are the most dangerous conditions we've ever seen in the history of PGE."

As Lattanner noted, the storm that hit Portland began on Friday and covered the city in snow and ice, which prompted Oregon Governor Kate Brown to declare a state of emergency.

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Temperatures are plunging through much of the U.S., and Texas , which isn't used to bitterly cold weather, is faring worse than others. As Jackson Proskow reports, the storm has left millions of Texans powerless. Millions without power as much of U.S. recovers from major winter storm .

Another winter storm was forecast to pummel the South and Midwest on Wednesday before slamming into the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast on Thursday. In Texas , over 3.2 million customers remained without power as of late Tuesday night, according to poweroutage.us, a tracking website. Oregon and Kentucky were both reporting more than 100,000 customers without power . Across the middle of the U.S., another bitter cold day Tuesday brought more record-low temperatures, and additional snow was expected to bury parts of the southern Plains on Tuesday evening, the National Weather Service said.

"The state of emergency I declared on Saturday will ensure that all necessary state resources are available on the ground to help Oregonians impacted by this winter storm," Brown said.

Lattanner told Newsweek that as of last night, PGE estimated that they would have around 90 percent of customers without power restored by Friday night "with the remaining 10 percent requiring additional work to fully restore."

Dylan Riveria, a spokesperson for the Portland Bureau of Transportation told Newsweek that the storms put more than a half-inch of freezing rain across the city, as well as 9-10 inches of snow.

"This is one of the largest freezing rain events, one of the most damaging winter storms in decades," Riveria said. "At one point almost 50 road closures due to down trees and power lines."

While speaking with Newsweek, Don Hamilton, a spokesperson for the Oregon Department of Transportation made similar comments and said while the storm is gone, the state's DOT is still addressing many problems including "downed trees everywhere."

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  3 ways Texas could avoid another electricity crisis The answer is not more fossil fuel power plants.When the cold front hit over the weekend, electricity use soared to heat buildings, but the grid couldn’t keep up with demand. Natural gas plants, which supply the majority of the state’s electricity, were not equipped to operate at such low temperatures. Despite widespread false claims spread on Fox News that frozen wind turbines were solely to blame for the blackout, failures at these gas plants are the main cause of the crisis, a spokesperson for ERCOT told Bloomberg.

The life-threatening cold temperatures are straining the power grid, leaving millions in Texas without heat. A man has died in Louisiana after slipping on ice caused by a blast of cold that has not been seen in parts of the South in decades. The first storm brought record-breaking snowfall this weekend for Seattle, Portland and into Oklahoma and Texas , along with the most snow in Seattle since 1969.

More than 2.7 million Texans are still without power as of Monday afternoon, according to poweroutage.us. About 150 million Americans are still under ice or winter weather advisories as Winter Storm Uri continues to produce dangerous conditions across much of the country, including perilous ice and low By mid-morning on Monday, 3,000 flights had been canceled across the country, about 1,600 of them at Dallas/Fort Worth International and Bush Intercontinental airports in Texas . Weather emergencies have been declared in Alabama, Oregon , Oklahoma, Kansas, Kentucky and Mississippi.

Hamilton also explained that the state's DOT was forced to close down a number of freeways to help PGE make repairs to the damaged power lines.

A number of photos and videos of the damage caused by the storm were posted across social media.

"Just two of the many reasons we don't have power in my SE Portland neighborhood," Twitter user Morgan Romero of KGW News in Portland wrote with two photos of downed trees and power lines.

Romero, a resident of southeast Portland, told Newsweek that she lost power three separate times over the course of five days due to the storm, and the most recent time, she lost power for roughly 40 hours.

According to Romero, the tree in the picture she posted to Twitter is still down, as well as many other trees in the surrounding area.

"Trees falling on power lines all over the neighborhood, in my area and in everyone else's area in south and east Portland," Romero said. "There are trees on power lines everywhere."

Fact Check: Did Wealthy Areas Around Dallas Not Experience Rolling Power Outages?

  Fact Check: Did Wealthy Areas Around Dallas Not Experience Rolling Power Outages? While millions of Texans are without power in their homes due to a winter storm, some social media users allege that a few wealthy areas around Dallas have not been affected by controlled outages.The effects have been widely shared on social media by those who have lost power. One user tweeted an image of icicles hanging from their apartment ceiling fan on Monday.

In response to the storm and the work that city employees have done to repair the damage, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler's spokesperson James Middaugh told Newsweek via email that "We are proud of all the city employees who worked long hours to keep roads open, help homeless people with shelter, remove downed trees and so many other things that are required during and after large storm events."

"We're also grateful to everyone who chose to stay off the roads during the worst of the storm. Portland is resilient. We're digging our way out and hope to be back to normal soon," the email said.

In addition to Portland, a number of other states, such as Texas are also facing widespread power outages caused by extreme winter weather conditions. According to poweroutage.us, there are roughly 488,262 Texans without power, across 12,477,211 customers tracked.

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