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New Orleans power failures could pose more dangers than the hurricane itself, aid workers warn

New Orleans power failures could pose more dangers than the hurricane itself, aid workers warn

Today at Today at Steps to restore power to more than 1 million households in Louisiana and Mississippi are at least three days away for most customers, federal energy officials said Tuesday, as regional electric providers struggle to tally the devastation wrought by Hurricane Ida.Even after authorities assess the damage to the Gulf Coast’s power grid, restoring service to the hardest hit areas could take as much as three weeks, utility company executives warned.Pockets of the region have shown signs of a quicker recovery. Entergy, the utility hit hardest by the storm in both states, said...

Aug 31
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Minnesota gasps at the financial damage it faces from the Texas freeze

Minnesota gasps at the financial damage it faces from the Texas freeze

When that big freeze hit Texas in February, the Lone Star State couldn’t help but share its pain.With its ill-equipped natural gas systems clocked by the cold, Texas’s exports across the Rio Grande froze up and 4.7 million customers in — more than in Texas itself. The spot price of gas jumped 30-fold as . And all the way up by the Canadian border, gas utilities in Minnesota that turned to the daily spot market to meet demand say they had to pay about $800 million more than planned over the course of just five days as the Texas freeze-up pinched off supplies.“The ineptness and disregard for...

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The fight over who will pay for Texas blackouts gears up

The fight over who will pay for Texas blackouts gears up

When the temperature dipped to 9 degrees inside his Austin mobile home, Laron Limuel took to sleeping in his Kia Optima sedan to try to stay warm. After days without power, a burst sprinkler pipe inundated Rosemary Sepeda’s apartment, ruining her walls, furniture and rugs even as the water crystallized into ice. The February cold snap that devastated nearly all of Texas sent Emily Kathleen Cahill to the St. David’s Medical Center emergency room.Yet just eight miles from Limuel’s darkened home, Austin Energy’s Decker Creek Power Station operated most of that frigid week at close to full...

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The Texas grid got crushed because its operators didn’t see the need to prepare for cold weather

The Texas grid got crushed because its operators didn’t see the need to prepare for cold weather

ADWhen it gets really cold, it can be hard to produce electricity, as customers in Texas and neighboring states are finding out. But it’s not impossible. Operators in Alaska, Canada, Maine, Norway and Siberia do it all the time.What has sent Texas reeling is not an engineering problem, nor is it the frozen wind turbines blamed by prominent Republicans. It is a financial structure for power generation that offers no incentives to power plant operators to prepare for winter. In the name of deregulation and free markets, critics say, Texas has created an electric grid that puts an emphasis on...

Feb 16
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