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Mark B
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Posted - 02/19/2021 :  08:44:27 AM  Show Profile  Visit Mark B's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Good morning from North Central Wisconsin where it is lightly snowing. Just watching some morning TV. To paraphrase the old saying but "What a mess in Texas" The ice in the frozen pipes will melt and then the water damage will probably get worse. A lot of questions about their energy system. TV just showed a young lady whose 2 day electric use will be $1000 to $2000. How does that happen? Some sort of dual rate system in place that really needs to go. Prayers and positive thoughts for everyone involved. Off soap box now.

Tom O., I hope your son and all the others affected by this disaster are doing alright.

Toast, bacon, and a large glass of the fresh squeezed OJ for me.

Mark B.

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Mark B
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Posted - 02/19/2021 :  08:49:08 AM  Show Profile  Visit Mark B's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Whoops, meant this to be in the ON30 lounge. Some day I'll figure it out.

Mark B.

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Posted - 02/19/2021 :  09:02:30 AM  Show Profile  Visit jbvb's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I see spot retail electric rates in TX went up to $9/KWH at one point. That's supposed to be an incentive to generators to produce power reliably, but it looks like it was mostly a windfall to a few. I wonder if they pay any of that premium to people with PV panels....

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Posted - 02/19/2021 :  09:36:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Brian in Austin is ok but was without electric from Monday around 8am until Wednesday around 10:30am better then most in Texas. His water shutdown around noon Wednesday and the sewers stopped working around 6. No backup sources of electricity for the utility company’s and no fuel or staff at the wastrwater plant caused the sewers to freeze. It’s a mess and yes when things thaw this weekend pipes and mains will break. Emails from the utilities yesterday are basically indicating 2-4 weeks before they can get back to “normal”.

When I asked him about the electric rates he said his Utility has a stop gap in place so his normal 250 electric bill monthly cannot climb higher then $100. His water utility worries him as there is no limits.

We have not heard from him this morning and last night he said he can live ok without the water and sewers as he said outside is still there for that. He can get water from his office and shop that have full services as of yesterday. Problem was getting there, he of course learned to drive in Central Wisconsin on the snow and ice. He said when he went to the office on Tuesday he was one of the few out but he still had idiots flying by him as if everything was dry. There are crazy drivers everywhere.

Hope you and your family are fine

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kyle creel
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Posted - 02/23/2021 :  11:05:35 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ok everybody here's the scoop; appx. 40% of the states power generating plants were not properly winterized, thus causing the power shutdown which in turn shut down or caused the water utilities to have problems. The state legislature is in session and is going to pass legislation that requires the winterizing procedures for all power and water utilities. The people that got screwed on their power bills were on adjustable rates by their specific power retailer and have been told not pay the bills till this is all sorted out. The governor has put in place an order halting all disconnections by any power suppliers till things are sorted out. We were lucky, we never lost power in our part of Arlington and only were without water for 1 1/2 days. No burst pipes or anything else, except our HVAC system needed some work. Ya'll stay warm... 60's and 70's and sunny all week here.

Kyle Creel
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