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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Texas is Colder Than Alaska Right Now

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texas united states fahrenheit dallas weather cold wave national weather serviceIn a turn of events that will surprise exactly no one at this point, a large swath of the United States is currently experiencing an extreme and unprecedented weather event. Read more.

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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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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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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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Take a ride on the space station from Texas to Maine

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at night, from Texas to Maine. Enjoy a high-speed ride aboard the International Space Station as it passes over the U.S. News International Space Station ISS space Space Station

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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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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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Bumble and Match Have Created a Relief Fund to Help Cover Abortion Costs in Texas

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The dating platforms Bumble and Match Group, the company that owns Tinder , have teamed up to create a relief fund for Texas women seeking abortions after the state passed an insidious six-week ban on the procedure earlier this week.

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Tesla edges toward Austin, Texas for Cybertruck Gigafactory

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Cars News Cybertruck Elon Musk Gigafactory Tesla TexasA deal hasn't been inked yet, but Austin appears to be the frontrunner.

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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These TI-84 graphing calculator deals are just in time for back-to-school

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Right now, you can save big on Texas Instrument graphic calculators at Staples. Get the Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus 10-Digit Graphing Calculator on sale for just $120.

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Fatal Tesla crash in Texas appeared to have no driver

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A Tesla Model S vehicle that crashed in Texas on Saturday, killing both occupants, appeared to have no one behind the wheel. Cars News autopilot fsd safety Tesla

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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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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Tests Positive for Covid-19 Hours After Attending Maskless Campaign Event

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has tested positive for covid-19, the Governor’s Office announced on Tuesday afternoon less than a day after attending a campaign event filled with unmasked attendees.

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Texas Power Companies Are Remotely Raising Temperatures on Residents' Smart Thermostats

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Texas is one of several states suffering through a record-breaking heat wave that’s pushing electric grids to their limits.

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Texas Heartbeat Act Opens the Door for a Flood of Data Requests Targeting Abortion Providers

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The Texas Heartbeat Act, which has outlawed abortions after six weeks in the state of Texas, has many alarming angles to it, but one of the less obvious ones is the potential role large tech companies may play in facilitating upcoming legal cases against healthcare providers.

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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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Tesla Cybertruck factory could land in Texas after more incentives offered

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Cars News Cybertruck Gigafactory Tesla TexasAustin is the current frontrunner as the site for Tesla's new Cybertruck factory.

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Tropical Storm Nicholas Could Drop Nearly 2 Feet of Rain in Texas

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While Tropical Storm Nicholas won’t pose nearly the same threat as Ida when it comes to wind and storm surge, it’s going to be a monster rainmaker as it climbs the Texas coastline. Two weeks removed Hurricane Ida , another tropical cyclone is bearing down on the Gulf region. Nicholas’ rain will also drench communities… Read more.

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Anonymous Claims to Leak Data on the Texas GOP

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Members of the hacker collective Anonymous claim to have leaked a large cache of data belonging to the Republican Party of Texas. The leak, the size of which is unclear, is said to include the “private documents” of the organization. Read more.

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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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Elon Musk's SpaceX Is Reportedly Trying to Gobble Up This Small Texas Community

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Robot-car startup Aurora navigates its way to Texas for testing

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Cars News Aurora autonomous cars self-driving cars TexasIts autonomous minivans and huge Class 8 trucks are bound for the Lone Star State.

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Oracle Ditches Silicon Valley for Austin, Texas

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Oracle is relocating its California-based headquarters to Austin, Texas, making it the latest tech company to decamp from Silicon Valley. Read more

Elon Musk Is Reportedly Plugging a Giant Battery Into Texas

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If the Texas power crisis taught us anything, it’s that the state has some serious infrastructure issues that not even the state’s regulators are prepared to fix.

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Texas Wind Energy Set a Record—But Republicans Are Still Trying to Squash It

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Despite recent baseless attacks on wind power as unreliable and unneeded from Texas politicians, wind was the number one source of electricity on the state’s grid last month.

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Elon Musk Backs Texas Abortion Ban, Claims Governor, to No Objection

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Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk has “consistently” praised the “social policies” of the state of Texas during his “frequently” chats with Greg Abbott, the Texas governor said Thursday, in an interview focused on his state’s landmark abortion ban.

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Texas AR Exhibit Explores Paleoanthropology

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Origins: Fossils from the Cradle of Humankind will be open at the Perot Museum of Natural History in Dallas Texas until March 22. A new exhibit at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science uses augmented reality to introduce visitors to paleoanthropology. Paleoanthropology, the study of prehistoric peoples, is fascinating but can also be a difficult and intimidating topic for beginners. See Also: Augmented Reality Glasses Bring U.S. Historic Sites to Life.

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Elon Musk Is Reportedly Heading to Texas for a Tax Break

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Billionaire Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is reportedly gearing up to permanently decamp to Texas in an effort to take advantage of the Lone Star State’s lack of personal income taxes. elon musk tesla california entrepreneur cnbc texas spacex

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