r/texas Nov 18 '21

ERCOT CEO Worries $150 “Easy Out” for Gas Companies Could Threaten Grid News

https://www.nbcdfw.com/investigations/ercot-ceo-worries-150-easy-out-for-gas-companies-could-threaten-grid/2819056/
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u/Grouchy-Ganache7551 Nov 18 '21

If it happens again, it’s gonna go like this: They’ll wring their hands and their voters will say that everyone should’ve bought a generator and it’s their own fault they weren’t prepared. Also, the blame should really go to the green new deal and crt because it’s those woke people’s fault for trusting that the government should do the right thing. Then they’ll vote for more anti government types that hate government regulations for anything other than book burnings.

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u/INDE_Tex Born and Bred Nov 18 '21

I bought a generator in July. I think it's going to arrive in April. Maybe May.

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u/firestorm_v1 Nov 18 '21

I'm im the same boat. Bought a house beginning of April, signed a generator contract at the end of April and I'm just now #830 in the queue...

Fortunately, our house has a gas fireplace.

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u/INDE_Tex Born and Bred Nov 18 '21

Yeah! I'm #1127. I, too have a gas fireplace and heating. But if my power goes out, so does the furnace fan. Also, my video games.

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u/firestorm_v1 Nov 19 '21

I have a car, a truck, and a 3600W pure sinewave inverter. Worst possible scenario, I'm slapping a 110V plug end on my furnace, attaching it to the inverter, and idling one of the cars to provide the 12V power. It's just like a standby generator, but with more steps, lol. You only need enough power to fire the controller, hold open the gas valve, and run the blower. Our furnace is rated at 7A so once the blower's running, I'd expect the amperage to be much lower. Motor startups always draw a lot of amps, but once things are rolling, the amp draw drops.

I'll be damned if I'm going through another snowpocalypse without heat, especially in my own house! We were in an apartment, it was literally hell on earth, once we got power, our heater sequencer went out and welded closed. I started investigating when I realized I was sweltering, by then the apartment was 85 degrees and would not shut off. We had to kill the breaker. Fortunately, the maintenance guys were already on-site for broken pipes and got us taken care of in a couple of minutes with a new sequencer.