Widespread power outages with several inches of snow in Texas and the US, Feb 2021

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  1. Midwestmom2019

    Midwestmom2019 Well-Known Member

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    Before they deregulated power in Texas, my electric ran towards $1000 a month for AC. Now, it’s barely $150.00 per month. Same house, same windows etc. Competition must have driven prices down. I’m not sure of the entire power deregulation history but that’s a HUGE difference to me.
     
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  2. Marysmith

    Marysmith Well-Known Member

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    Just absolutely brutal.
     
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    happyday Well-Known Member

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    It’s cheaper but at the expense of this happening. Texas isn’t part of any national grid b/c it doesn’t want to be forced to abide by federal government regulations (like winterizing equipment) because it costs money, and they gambled on this kind of cold spell not happening. If we hadn’t been separate from the rest of the country, we wouldn’t have been able to skip the preparedness required and people and animals wouldn’t have frozen to death.
    I live here and I didn’t realize that TX was even on its own grid. I had no idea. I lived in MI for 1 year and the difference in utility bills thrpere as opposed to TX wasn’t noticable to me. I’d rather pay a little more and NOT have to go through this ever again. And really we’re not the ones really benefiting from the deregulation—the energy companies are. They make tons on selling their energy and don’t keep up the equipment (no regulations) and we suffer.
     
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  4. MimosaMornings

    MimosaMornings Well- Known Member

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    There is usually a week prior awareness of an approaching hurricane or tropical storm.

    There are evacuation routes for the coastal areas to follow to areas less impacted by the storm with available resources such as hotels, water stations, food, etc.

    There was no where to go because the entire state was impacted and no hotels with power and no gas stations open - so you were limited on how far you could drive.

    Plus you were using the gas in your vehicle to stay warm and charge your phone.
     
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    Marysmith Well-Known Member

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    happyday Well-Known Member

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    Sulamith Well-Known Member

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    I opened our taps a bit more than trickling. The water froze while trickling. LOL I had "stalacitites" and "stalagmites" in the kitchen sink. Pipes still burst!
     
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    Sulamith Well-Known Member

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    Recently found out that not all of TX is on the Texas grid.

    You might have heard that Texas has its own power grid. Did you know not all parts of the state use it?
     
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    happyday Well-Known Member

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  11. dixiegirl1035

    dixiegirl1035 I will do it, but I won't like it

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    Whoa! My average power bill is less than $120 in summer. Strange that you had one for a home for $1,000 a month for AC. Can't fathom.


    Thoughts going up for all the WS'ers who are affected.
     
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    Depending on the square footage, HVAC unit size and age, perhaps single pane windows, etc. plus factor in 100+ degree heat and 90% humidity for over 100 days in a row - $300 to $400 per month easy during the summer. Which lasts for six months.
     
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    imstilla.grandma Believer of Miracles

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    The latest on the storm:

    • President Joe Biden said Friday that he expects to sign federal disaster aid for Texas once the governor's request reaches his desk and that he planned to visit Texas next week if it was not "a burden."
    • The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which oversees about 90 percent of the state's energy production, said that emergency conditions were expected to end later Friday after no more outages had been needed Thursday night.
    • By Friday morning, more than half a million people in the United States did not have electricity — Texas topped the list with less than 200,000 power outages, according to tracking website poweroutage.us.
    • In Texas, more than 14 million people were under boil water orders in the wake of a winter storm that froze and burst pipes, creating chaos for water treatment facilities.
    • Memphis International Airport was forced to temporarily close its passenger terminal and cancel all flights because of water pressure issues.
    • Since Thursday, at least 46 deaths from 10 states have been weather-related, the majority in Texas.
    Power comes back for most in Texas, but other problems pile up
     
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    imstilla.grandma Believer of Miracles

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    ***I’m not sure this belongs here but feel the need to post. I can hardly believe what I’m reading. 6th grade...

    The family says Christian Pavon was found dead Tuesday after a brutally cold night without power inside their mobile home.

    Christian was a 6th-grader filled with lots of life and joy, his family says.

    In a video his mom recorded, you can see how excited he was to play in the snow for the first time on Monday. Little did his family know, this would be their last video of him.

    "It was really heartbreaking to see that video, seeing that the day before he was happy, he was excited," said Jaliza Yera, Christian's aunt.

    "He fell asleep. He had a shirt, a sweater, two pairs of pants, socks on," Yera said.

    "It was like 2 a.m. when my brother-in-law woke up to use the restroom and made sure he even put another blanket on them," Yera said.

    But Tuesday afternoon when they were headed to the store, they tried to wake Christian up. They say it was normal for him to sleep in on the days he didn’t have school.

    But Christian's heartbroken mom, Maria Elisa Pineda Guzman, said they found him lifeless on his bed. She thought he was just pretending.They tried calling 911, but were waiting for a Spanish operator.

    Yera rushed to the house to call 911 for them.

    "She [Christian's mom] kept telling him 'wake up, wake up.' I had to walk out because when the 911 operator answered I couldn’t hold it. It was very tragic for me to see it like that," said Yera.
    Texas boy dies after 2 nights in mobile home without power | wfaa.com

    Already hit hard by pandemic, Black and Hispanic communities suffer the blows of an unforgiving winter storm
     
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    I had 3 cases of water but that doesn’t last long between 5 people. I will never again go without a full 2-3 week supply of bottled water once the supply chain stabilizes. I’ll also keep some stored for flushing toilets. If I hadn’t filled our tub, we would’ve been in a pickle.
     
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    What a tragedy. :(
     
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    Midwestmom2019 Well-Known Member

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    mickey2942 Well-Known Member

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    The tragedy in Texas has really made me review our situation at home and how we would manage this type of emergency.

    Sorry to agree with Senator Cruz, if you see a bad storm coming, the best plan for us, would be to go on vacation. Stat!

    That being said, if we couldn't leave, I worry about water pipes freezing up...it would happen quick. Reviewing our emergency plan, again,...which has been ongoing this year.
     
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