Looks like a Bit-O-Cold has come to Texas, and that has also shut down wind turbines causing a rolling blackout to be in place.
One wonders if being a bit Frozen and in the Dark will get the message across about “dispatchable” power? Or not… California is flirting with this same kind of disaster, but ours tends to come in Summer with A/C demand. Lucky for us, being HOT is uncomfortable but here, not typically lethal as it tends to be a dry heat. I, personally, loved it at “110 F in the shade and there ain’t no shade” when I was a kid. But in Texas, with temperatures headed into the MINUS ranges, that’s lethal if you can’t find some warm somewhere.
I first ran into this on the U.K. site of Tallbloke:
Blackouts in Texas as big freeze upends energy markets
Posted: February 15, 2021 by oldbrew in Energy, Temperature, weather
What a surprise! Energy demand soars in really cold weather. One researcher served up the bad news: “When wind-turbine blades get covered with ice, they need to be shut down”. This in turn can cause sudden frequency problems on electricity grids. Global warming falls short yet again.
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(Bloomberg) — Millions of households in Texas are suffering rolling power blackouts for the first time in a decade as an unprecedented Arctic freeze wrought chaos in U.S. energy markets, reports Yahoo News.
The largest cities from Houston to San Antonio were without power for spells of up to an hour at a time as supplies in the U.S.’s second largest state fluctuated wildly.
“Every grid operator and every electric company is fighting to restore power right now,” said Bill Magness President and Chief Executive Officer of Ercot, the operator of the state’s power grid.
Gee, we get 2 to 3 hour shots of outage in California. Guess you freeze faster than you sweat… unless the wind is blowing a LOT, then we can be out for days. Seems that PG&E was held liable for a wind downed power line causing forest fires, so now they shut off the electricity when the wind is blowing a lot (losing a $Billion or so can do that to you…) so WE can not use wind power when the wind is really blowing… Somehow I think folks have not thought through the consequences of saying to use wind but shut off the grid when it is windy… but I digress.
San Antonio, and Houston are HUGE, so you can see that this is a huge problem too. Per the wikis:
San Antonio, officially the City of San Antonio, is the seventh-most populous city in the United States, and the second-most populous city in both Texas and the Southern United States, with 1,547,253 residents in 2019
Houston is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Texas, fourth-most populous city in the United States, most populous city in the Southern United States, as well as the sixth-most populous in North America, with an estimated 2019 population of 2,320,268.
But the story is in other places too:
Weather impacts: Slow-rolling power outages, thousands of flights canceled across Texas
With actual air temperatures expected to be hovering in the single digitals, winds gusting 20 to 30 miles per hour will make it feel well below zero outside.
Author: Jennifer Prohov (WFAA)
Published: 4:32 AM CST February 15, 2021
Updated: 1:07 PM CST February 15, 2021
Slow-rolling power outages are in effect across the state of Texas as officials work to conserve as much electricity as possible during extreme cold and record demand on the grid.
Residents were initially told to expect to lose power for 15 to 45 minutes, but that has now been “significantly extended,” Oncor officials tweeted out just after 9 a.m.
“Outages due to this electric emergency could last for hours & we ask you to be prepared.”
Oncor is advising Texans that they may also experience multiple outage rotations.
“We recognize how unsettling these outages can be and strive to minimize impacts.”
The energy provider is also responding to outages caused by the winter storm itself.
Their video per Dallas is saying some folks have been without power for 6 hours+, so it’s all over Texas:
Well, 150 Million People with winter advisories? That might explain the low number of comments today ;-) And cold setting record lows and record low highs.
150M people under winter advisories as ‘unprecedented’ storm stretches across 25 states; Texas sees power outages
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.
As of Monday afternoon, more than 150 million people were under a winter storm warning, winter weather advisory or ice storm warning in 25 states, stretching over 2,000 miles from southern Texas to northern Maine, the National Weather Service said.
Bitter, record-smashing cold accompanied the storm across the central U.S. Hundreds of daily record low temperatures have been or will be broken during this prolonged “polar plunge,” the weather service said, “with some February and even all-time low temperature records in jeopardy.” More than 50 million people could see temperatures dip below zero during the next several days, according to the Capital Weather Gang.
Power outages were widespread Monday. In Texas alone, more than 2.7 million customers were in the dark as of noon local time, according to poweroutage.us, a utility tracking site.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson each activated National Guard units to assist state agencies with tasks including rescuing stranded drivers.
In a statement, President Joe Biden also declared an emergency in Texas and ordered federal assistance to aid state and local response efforts. The declaration allows the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster relief efforts and provide assistance, equipment and resources to those affected by the storm.
Hey, Potu-Sino Biden! How about you just abandon the Green Nuisance self Dealing? Let us have reliable fuel driven power plants, eh?
One video also says it is expected to get worse in the next couple of days. Watch that space…
Top Areas by Outages
2/15/2021, 07:34:05 PM
But it isn’t just the USA. Over at Iceage Now:
Germany freezing due to snow ‘blanketing millions’ of solar panel – Heavy snowfall grips Istanbul – Soon headed for Athens
February 14, 2021 by Robert
And 30,000 wind turbines are idle because there is no wind. See video.
Germany is held up as the world’s solar and wind capital by “renewables luvvies” but Germans are freezing through winter due to “millions of solar panels blanketed in snow” and turbines sitting idle, according to Rowan Dean.
Heavy snowfall grips Istanbul, Turkish Thrace, shuts waterways. FEB 14, 2021
Snow began to fall over Istanbul, Turkey’s most populated city, late Saturday, commencing a week of projected sleet amid fears of a harsh winter the city has not experienced in years
The long-rumored and feared cold front coupled with heavy snowfall arrived in Istanbul after moving in from the country’s northwestern Thrace region.
Snow Falls In Greece Due To Cold Weather System. 14th February, 2021
Temperatures in Greece fell below freezing on Sunday with snow hitting many parts of the country.
It’s down to a low pressure weather system, dubbed “Medea”, that’s currently in its first phase.
It first arrived in northern and central Greece with snowfall making traveling and transportation more difficult.
According to the National Observatory of Athens weather service, after Sunday afternoon the bad weather should improve in the north and head east and south.
It’s expected to extend to lower altitudes and even the northern suburbs of Athens.
Somehow I think “the children” ARE going to know what snow is…
So is THIS the “Globull Warming” we are supposed to panic about?
Me? Generator fueled up and ready to go.