Scorching Heat Threatens Texas Power Grid, Again

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It’s been a record hot May in parts of Texas, and the state is in for more of the same this week. On Friday, because of the heat, six power plants in Texas went offline, taking 2,900 Megawatts off the grid, according to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).

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The Texas Power Grid Is Hanging on by Its Fingernails

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On Tuesday, Reuters reported that The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) predicted this week that the system will see peak highs in energy use this week, topping out at a possible 74,034 megawatts on Wednesday.

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Texas Hunkers Down for the Cold

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Temperatures are dropping in central and south Texas Thursday through Friday morning as the state sees a cold front that may send temperatures plummeting as low as 18 degrees Fahrenheit (minus-8 degrees Celsius) in the Permian Basin on Thursday.

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Texas Attorney General Sues Griddy for False Advertising in Wake of Winter Storm Price Hikes

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Griddy, the Texas power supplier that’s made headlines recently for customers’ sky-high energy bills in the wake of widespread winter storm outages , has racked up another lawsuit.

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How Digital Transformation will Bend the Curve of the Linear Economy Toward the Circular

Speaker: Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SmartNations Foundation, Jimmy Jia, Venture Partner at Pi Labs, Fabienne Durand, Senior Advisor to the SmartNations Foundation, & Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of the Tau Institute

The Carbon Zero, Circular Economy, is easily the most profoundly important result of digital transformation. Industry 4.0 has a massively cumulative impact on dematerialization (in all forms) and resultant decarbonization (both emissions and embodied) throughout the economy. Join panelists Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Jimmy Jia, Fabienne Durand, and their moderator Roger Strukhoff as they discuss how bending the carbon/GHG heavy linear economy to the circular is one of the hidden benefits of digital disruption.

Texas Trees Are Exploding Due to Cold Weather

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Residents of a town just north of Dallas, Texas were awoken in the middle of a cold night this week to what sounded like a volley of gunshots outside their home.

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Extreme Heat Could Knock Out Texas’ Grid

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Apparently, Texas’ energy grid is not only ill-equipped to handle cold weather. The increasingly ironically named Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is now asking customers to conserve electricity through Friday as hot weather grips the state ( and much of the… Read more.

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In Netflix's Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Leatherface Takes on Social Media

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Just like their murderous stars, you can’t keep a venerable horror franchise dead for long. In fact, it’s only been five years since chainsaw-enthusiast Leatherface appeared on screen in 2017's Leatherface , which served as a prequel to the original 1974 film.

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Man Who Oversaw Texas Blackouts Shown the Door

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A Texas power grid oversight official who held the spectacularly wishful belief that he could keep his job after the state’s grid sputtered last month, leading to dozens of deaths and utility bills Texans will be paying for decades , has been fired.

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New Texas Chainsaw Massacre Will Be Hipsters vs. Leatherface

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As the world turns, another Texas Chainsaw Massacre sequel arrives, doing its best to recapture the grim, grimy magic wrought by the 1974 horror classic.

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Dinosaur Tracks Uncovered in Texas

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A set of dinosaur tracks were recently found in the aptly named Dinosaur Valley State Park, which is situated in the ‘Dinosaur Capital of Texas,’ also known as Glen Rose, Texas.

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What In Tarnation Are Texas Power Companies Hiding?

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Getting to the bottom of last month’s deadly Texas blackouts will take time and careful research. But the state’s grid operator is making it tough to get answers. Read more.

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A look into Texas’ controversial anti-censorship law HB 20

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Laws surrounding the first amendment are oftentimes messy as exampled by Texas' controversial internet anti-censorship law, House Bill 20. Features Mobile Social Media censorship Facebook freedom of speech hb 20 Texas Twitch Twitter

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Texas AG Paxton Tells Musk 'Notice Me Senpai'

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The Attorney General seems to want his new-ish constituent, Elon Musk, to like him so bad, he’ll use all the legal resources of Texas to gain favor. Ken Paxton apparently loves the taste of billionaire boots.

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Texas Supreme Court Says Schools Can't Require Masks as Covid-19 Cases Skyrocket

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The Texas Supreme Court temporarily ruled in favor of Gov. Greg Abbott and his ban on mask mandates in the state on Sunday, according to a new report from the Texas Tribune.

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Texas is Colder Than Alaska Right Now

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Bitcoin Miners Are Flocking to Texas as Grid Operator Warns of Future Blackouts

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Everything’s bigger in Texas—including problems with its electric grid and energy demand for bitcoin.

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The Climate Deniers Regulating Texas Oil and Gas Have Somehow Avoided Blackout Scrutiny

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Texas’ blackouts were, experts agree, the result of multiple failures in the energy system, including failures of oil and gas infrastructure.

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Here's Why We Don't Need Another Texas Chainsaw Massacre Movie

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Tobe Hooper’s 1974 Texas Chain Saw Massacre is a horror masterpiece. His 1986 Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is a horror comedy masterpiece. With another Texas Chainsaw Massacre reboot due next year, we decided it was time to sift through the bones and revisit the rest.

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Texas Utility Commissioner Resigns After Leaked Call Pledging to Help Banks Keep Blackout Profits

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The last standing member of Texas’s Public Utility Commission handed in his resignation on Tuesday following a report that he assured out-of-state investors who made big profits from last month’s blackouts that he was working to make sure they could keep their money.

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Why the Texas Grid Failed, According to Science

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It’s been nearly four months since the devastating Texas blackouts. electrical grid energy energy development texas power crisis joshua busby electric reliability council of texas natural gas environment business finance energy crisis electric power power outage articles

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Huge Winter Storm Has Texas Gov. Abbott Singing a Different Tune About Power Outages

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Texas Officials Temporarily Halt Private Energy Companies From Sending Customers Absurd Bills

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Folks across Texas are receiving outrageous energy bills in the wake of widespread utility shutoffs during last week’s cold snap. public utility commission of texas griddy energy in texas articles electricity market

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Texas Preps For Hot Temperatures; Hope The Grid Holds On

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Why Texas Has the Country’s Worst Corn

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Wildfires Spread Destruction in Texas Towns

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Firefighters in Texas have finally gotten the upper hand on devastating wildfires that began last week. disaster accident washington wildfires rex fields texas wildfires fire prevention greg abbott barbara fenley fire eastland environment nature emergency management terry alsabrook wildfire pollution articlesBut fires continue to blaze across areas of the state and may escalate due to dry weather, as people in some of the hardest-hit areas begin to assess the damage. Read more.

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Texas Company Charged for Causing Major California Oil Spill

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The Texas company allegedly responsible for spilling hundreds of gallons of oil near Huntington Beach, California, in October is facing criminal charges.

Elon Musk announces Cyber Rodeo event for Giga Texas opening

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Almost two years after Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced Texas as the site for a new gigafactory, the facility is all set for a grand opening event in April. Cars News Cybertruck Elon Musk giga texas Tesla

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Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2's True Horror Isn't What You Think

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On August 22, 1986, Tobe Hooper ’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 was released, 12 years after his original.

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Elon Musk Says Tesla's Factories in Texas and Germany Are 'Money Furnaces'

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Tesla plants in Germany and Texas are burning money. elon musk tesla nikola tesla gigafactory businesspeople hyperloop giga texas giga nevada tesla incNot literally of course, but these factories are losing “billions of dollars,” according to CEO Elon Musk in a recent interview.

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Griddy Is Being Sued for $1 Billion for Allegedly Price Gouging During Texas Winter Storm

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A Texas woman filed a class-action lawsuit this week to the tune of $1 billion in damages against Griddy, a Texas electricity retailer that the suit alleges engaged in illegal price gouging during the widespread outages that swept through the state last week.

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The Texas Think Tank Giving Cover for This Week’s Republican Wind Power Lies

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Almost exactly a month before Texas plunged into darkness , a panel convened in Austin to host a discussion about the superiority of the Texan electric grid. wind power climate change denial fuel energy fossil fuel articles environment texas public policy foundation renewable energy

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Texas Instruments Adds Python to Its Latest Graphing Calculator

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But now Texas Instruments is introducing a new TI-84 graphing calculator that supports programming in Python. Graphing calculators have always been a fun way to get started with programming, though mostly in the form of games and cheat sheets.

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Salesforce Will Help Employees Worried About Abortion Access Exit Texas

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Salesforce made one of the biggest moves in the tech industry in light of a highly restrictive Texas abortion law on Friday.

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Feds Say SpaceX Is Why At-Risk Shorebirds Are Disappearing from South Texas

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The declining status of some tiny birds in Texas could spell bad news for Elon Musk and his planned expansion at the SpaceX Boca Chica launch facility.

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Texas City Asks Public for Help Identifying Strange Figure Outside Amarillo Zoo

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The city of Amarillo, Texas has asked the public for help identifying a weird animal-like figure that was seen on security cameras outside the Amarillo Zoo last month. zoo chupacabra amarillo texas jack sparrow johnny depp sonic animals legendary creatures human interest actors

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Ted Cruz, Greg Abbott, and the Magical Thinking About Bitcoin’s Ability to Fix Texas’ Grid

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This week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he will make Texas the number one state for bitcoin. What’s more, he espoused the wonders of crypto mining as a way to prop up the state’s flailing electrical grid , a view Cancun-loving Sen.

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