Texas Governor Greg Abbott & Division of Emergency Management Director Nim Kidd Updates On Power & Infrastructure During Winter Storm
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Much attention has been focused on the power issue in state of Texas during the recent winter storm. Some people are using this winter storm event to spread misinformation regarding the power plants. So the Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Division Chief of Texas Division of Emergency Management, Chief Nim Kidd, clarifies the situation at Texas, in the video published on Feb. 17, 2021, “WATCH: Texas Gov. Abbott gives update on winter climate event“, below:
According to the Texas Public Utility Commission, 6,000 megawatts of power had been added to the Texas grid since midnight (or 12:01 am of Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021). That is equivalent to the power need for 1.2 million households. The STP (South Texas Nuclear Generating Station), coal and natural gas power plants will also be adding more power in addition to the 6,000 megawatts of power added. At this time, the natural gas, wind, solar as well as nuclear powered generators continue to have problems or lower performance level either due to mechanical issue, lack of supply of gas, freezing wind, or unswept snow covering solar panels. Governor Abbott is ordering, through Feb. 21, 2021, requiring producers of export of natural gas to outside of state of Texas to sell those natural gas to Texas power generators to increase power produced in Texas to be sent to Texas power grid. White House has assisted Texas with orders that allow additional power generation or have accelerated nuclear plant restoration.
Governor Abbott reminds Texans to: 1. Consider turning off the water supply to the house if there is any possibility that there may be busted water pipe. 2. work with a plumber and insurance agent in advance 3. if one has no insurance, consider getting assistance from FEMA 4. consider getting assistance from individual assistance. Be sure to keep receipts of any repair work being done as a result of this winter storm. Texas law already authorize provisional licenses to plumber of other states during this time. Insurance adjusters from outside of the state can get a temporary license to assist with adjusting for those affected by the winter storm. Texas Division of Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd also updates on various infrastructure and transportation measures for this winter storm. Be sure not to use natural gas where one is not suppose to use natural gas.
Texans without power needing to be warmed are encouraged to check out the Texas Warming Centers.
Texans who want to be updated and/or needing assistance, please visit Texas Division of Emergency Management web site by clicking HERE.
A devastating winter storm has crippled the power grid in Texas and caused more than 3.4 million outages, leaving much of the state in the cold and dark for several days. CNN’s Camila Bernal reports, in the video published on Feb. 17, 2021, “Winter weather leaves millions without power in Texas“, below:
The problem is in Climate Change. Many parts of the world are and will continue to see more extreme weather conditions that were not expected in the past. We should all be better prepared, in all 50 states, in the future. To help slow down the rate of change of Climate Change, it is a good idea for all of us on planet earth to move toward more renewable energy and more distributed solar (for solar and electronics tend to perform better in the cold. If all homeowners would install solar and sweep off their solar panels after snow storms, it would help to reduce pressure or demand on the grid and prevent what happened this past week from ever happening again) and drive electric vehicles.
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