February 16, 2021 at 11:41 am #33535
So it’s -7 and they want the thermostat turned down 😂
These power companies really struggle at any change
I’m good and using supplemental heat but lots of folks don’t have that option. Remember they all want “clean” energy and no emissions but they can’t handle it
February 16, 2021 at 11:54 am #33606
Oh hey my post finally showed up from time out lol
February 16, 2021 at 1:10 pm #33616
Daisy had her IT push a upgrade.
I am hoping that fixes the issues you have been having.
February 16, 2021 at 12:06 pm #33608
They should use same lubes on Texas wind turbines as in canada…. they don’t freeze in Alberta at -40c
February 16, 2021 at 1:43 pm #33750
I worked on an Albertan design… used the heat off the turbine motor to heat the blades….
February 16, 2021 at 4:28 pm #33751
I wonder if that is how they do them around here.
There is a town to the North of us that has a wind farm that provides energy to the town.
February 17, 2021 at 8:49 am #33755Atypical SapienParticipant
I have been involved in and interested in appropriate technology/alternative energy since the ’80s. What I have found is that the vast majority of people want the government to fix things and they are not motivated to do so for their long term gains. I would doubt very much that any one who is reading this on this forum falls into this category.
The solar tax credit did help with the installation of solar and efficiency. The credits for having a whole house weatherization increased the number of houses that were more energy efficient. Those companies providing weatherization for the most part are out of business now that there are no tax credits. It’s not due to the fact that having an efficient house is not a good idea, it’s just that most people (sheeple) would rather spend their money on a better kitchen and aesthetics than investing in the future with a higher SEER HVAC system, blower door testing and duct sealing and all the other items that would benefit the home owners in the long run.
Don’t get me wrong, as a Libertarian, I want the government out of my business and bedroom and am just a bit short of saying that any taxation is theft. As a Christian I feel some remorse for those who are unprepared. But for the most part I just want to say to the Sheeple and their Jones neighbors living in 3500 sf homes with Viking stoves and granite counters who are complaining about the cold: STFU and shiver.
February 17, 2021 at 11:14 am #33760
Good observation and the last line . . . made me LOL!
February 18, 2021 at 7:54 am #33773
Lol lat ast line does having sub zero with stainless counters count… sometimes arguing with the food prep people is not worth it.p
We over build everything here our resident engineer makes sure of it. R60 walls and roof. Steel structures and steel walls and roof mice proof closed cell hard foam insulation. 10 gauge wiring. 1 inch water lines ect.
The slaughter house is basically all stainless steel inside with concrete floors. We built to eu standards as well above north american but it saves on long term costs.
Saving money has two aspects as you pointed out now and later…. need both to work as nothing gets cheaper in future and when stuff fails like roof it causes alot of damage before most notice so that adds to expenses. Getting older I cant see an endless cash stream so buying now do I dont have to in future is appealing.
February 21, 2021 at 9:02 am #33875
It appears most of our cattlemen came out ok. It took a lot of man hours and extreme measures to keep livestock alive during this.
Chickens and rabbits the same. I saw some crazy measures being taken to keep them healthy.
The main issues seemed to be the first wave of ice buildup on livestock, the snow was too deep for small animals and births at a time that is normally cold but ok and not sub zero.
That’s good news for local prices but Texas is another story I’m sure.
February 22, 2021 at 8:20 am #33883
I know a guy (online) has two sons that are plumbers outside of Houston. They are going to be very busy for the next few months.
I am expecting there to be a shortage of plumbing supplies/PEX and price increases. Wonder if that wont be just in TX but nation wide.
February 25, 2021 at 2:56 pm #33959
So this was the outcome of my states response to this fiasco:
We had a meeting. It’s expensive to fix. We don’t wanna do it. See y’all next storm
So basically your not only preparing for events your preparing for governmental stupidity, corporate greed, laziness and idiots.
February 26, 2021 at 9:46 am #34014
They would rather do the bare minimum, then invest citing that was a once in a 100, 500 year event.
Wont happen again for another 100 years . . . or next year.
February 26, 2021 at 10:20 am #34015
Yeah I keep hearing that 100yr thing that’s happening regularly every 6-7 years lol
Climate changes. I’ve seen the petrified forest, Dino bones in Montana and the looks like gravel but is petrified seashell fossils at Ft Hood. Wasn’t no one in a Prius eating tofu wearing beads round back then
Adapt through acceptance and reaction
February 27, 2021 at 9:55 am #34026
Just like in software development, they put security as a last priority.
Let me ask you this, if it required a increase to your power bill that may be substantial, would you be willing to pay for the hardening?
February 27, 2021 at 11:14 am #34031
Within reason sure.
I know right now a lot of folks are going through hard times and it would hurt. The problem is when we are in good times it’s forgotten.
My passed FIL worked for the power company for 35yrs and he often told us that even just hardening every 6th pole would be significant.
February 28, 2021 at 7:15 am #34042
The article suggests a nearly double in consumer prices for such hardening.
I was just curious of what people thought about that possibility for a grid upgrade/hardening.
As it has been noted over the past years if not decade or more, our grid is in dire need of upgrade.
February 28, 2021 at 9:07 am #34049
Yes in order to do what they want it would double. In order to make it reasonable at say $2 a head that would be 8 million a year it’ll take a while but you eat a steak one bite at a time otherwise you choke.
All new places should be underground, replace every 6th pole to start with and update software are god places to start within reason.
It didn’t break in a year and it ain’t gonna get fixed in a year.
February 28, 2021 at 2:26 am #34041
Crowbar… if I had to pay more for hardening… I would just put up my own hardened off grid system. You know this type of failure is going to get worse not better.
When you look at cost its 10 year payback. Most will last 25 with minor equipment replacements (inverters)
Its like prepaying for decade of power at today’s prices just over size 20 percent of needed watts so as solar decays in efficiency you are covered.
March 12, 2021 at 8:31 am #34322
So Tesla is gonna build a giant battery as a solution to the Texas issue. What I’m not seeing is how cold effects that battery.
June 3, 2021 at 8:25 am #37750
New info from an issue earlier this year
June 3, 2021 at 8:45 am #37753
Whoa, that was very close.
August 18, 2021 at 11:18 am #39488
Follow up to the February storm and October ice storm
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