Power Outages http://kut.org en Where to Go for Information on Road Closures, Rain Totals and Power Outages http://kut.org/post/where-go-information-road-closures-rain-totals-and-power-outages <p><strong>Update: </strong>A Flash Flood Watch remains in effect for much of Central Texas until noon.</p><p><strong>Original Story (5:44 a.m.): </strong>Central Texas is getting some much-needed rain. The numbers and affected areas are changing constantly. So here's a roundup of how to find the latest information for your neighborhood:</p><p><strong>1. Road Closures/Low Water Crossing Closures</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.atxfloods.com/index.php" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">ATXfloods.com</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">: </span><span class="textTagLine" style="line-height: 1.5;">Current flood information and emergency road closures in the City of Austin, Travis County, Sunset Valley and Cedar Park</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Information is automatically updated. Red dots indicate low water crossing closures and the list on the right provides details. Updates are also posted </span><a href="https://twitter.com/ATXfloods" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">to Twitter</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><strong>2. Rain Totals</strong></p><p>Some parts of Central Texas have received as much as an inch and a half of rain since midnight – including Llano and Elgin. Tue, 27 May 2014 11:55:57 +0000 Laura Rice 10498 at http://kut.org Where to Go for Information on Road Closures, Rain Totals and Power Outages There’s a Solution to Power Outages During Texas Storms, But You Won’t Like It http://kut.org/post/there-s-solution-power-outages-during-texas-storms-you-won-t-it <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);"><strong><a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2013/12/16/theres-a-solution-to-power-outages-during-texas-storms-but-you-wont-like-it/">From StateImpact&nbsp;Texas:&nbsp;</a></strong></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">Against the backdrop of a debate over&nbsp;<a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/texas/2013/12/03/the-4-billion-texas-electric-bill/" style="color: rgb(23, 78, 130); -webkit-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; font-weight: bold;">whether Texas has enough power generation</a>&nbsp;(i.e. power plants) to meet growing demand, two instances of large-scale outages in the past few weeks show a more common vulnerability: power lost to fallen or damaged power lines during storms.&nbsp;Could anything have been done to prevent the outages? The short answer is yes. But chances are you won’t like the full explanation.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/125135578&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 19:21:29 +0000 Terrence Henry 9379 at http://kut.org There’s a Solution to Power Outages During Texas Storms, But You Won’t Like It Central Texas Cleaning Up After High Winds (Update) http://kut.org/post/central-texas-cleaning-after-high-winds-update <p><strong>Update&nbsp;</strong>(6:58 a.m.): About <a href="https://my.austinenergy.com/outages/">1,200 Austin Energy customers</a> remain without power this morning. High winds yesterday broke tree limbs and brought down power lines.</p><p>At one point yesterday afternoon, around 18,000 Austin Energy customers were without power.</p><p>Right now, Austin Energy repair and tree trimming crews are working to fix harder-to-reach problems. An Austin Energy spokesperson tells KUT News that power should be restored to most customers by early this afternoon.</p><p>Customers should report outages by calling (512) 322-9100.</p><p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 12:58:07 +0000 KUT Staff 6731 at http://kut.org Central Texas Cleaning Up After High Winds (Update) Power Restored to Most Austin Energy Customers (Update) http://kut.org/post/power-restored-most-austin-energy-customers-update <p><strong>Update: </strong>Austin Energy now confirms the number of power pole fires last night was a record.&nbsp;The utility says tree limbs did not contribute to the large number of fires.</p><p><strong>Update</strong>: Austin Energy says "power has been restored to virtually all customers, and will be restored to any remaining customers by lunchtime."</p><p>Austin Energy spokesperson Ed Clark says the utility experienced&nbsp;"probably a record number" of power pole fires, which lead to widespread power outages. And Austin's lack of rain, mixed with heavy overnight misting, is to blame.</p><p class="p1">Austin Energy writes:</p><blockquote><p class="p1">The rash of fires is the result of a lack of rain over a long period of time. Dirt and dust builds up on the small devices (called insulators) that connect power lines to power poles. Misty conditions such as those experienced overnight can cause the dirt and dust to track across the insulator providing a pathway for electricity to move from the power line to the pole. There are about 140,000 power poles throughout the Austin Energy system.</p></blockquote><p>"What the system really needs is a very good rain, a good hard rain to clean off ... the power poles in the Austin Energy system," Clark says.</p><p> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 17:30:55 +0000 Wells Dunbar & Laura Rice 5996 at http://kut.org Power Restored to Most Austin Energy Customers (Update) Power Outages, Freeze Warning & Wind Advisory for Central Texas http://kut.org/post/power-outages-freeze-warning-wind-advisory-central-texas <p></p><p>It’s a windy, chilly morning. There’s a&nbsp;<a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=TXZ192&amp;warncounty=TXC453&amp;firewxzone=TXZ192&amp;local_place1=&amp;product1=Wind+Advisory">wind advisory in effect</a>&nbsp;for all of South Central Texas until noon today. A freeze warning is in place starting at 11 p.m.</p><p>The cold weather is moving across Texas, even bringing some snow to the Dallas area this morning.</p><p>The wind was a factor in&nbsp;<a href="https://my.austinenergy.com/outages/">power outages</a>&nbsp;that left more than 3,400 Austin Energy customers in the dark this morning. Austin Energy spokesman Ed Clark says damage to a pole knocked out power to about 2,300 customers around&nbsp;Brodie&nbsp;Lane and William Cannon Drive. Clark expected power to be restored to about 70 percent of those customers by 7:30 a.m.<img alt="Description: --break-&gt;" border="0" height="3" src="file://localhost/Users/wd285/Library/Caches/TemporaryItems/msoclip/0/clip_image002.png" width="3"></p><p> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 14:28:05 +0000 Laura Rice 5858 at http://kut.org Power Outages, Freeze Warning & Wind Advisory for Central Texas ERCOT Board Examines Summer Power Usage, Makes Predictions for Fall http://kut.org/post/ercot-board-examines-summer-power-usage-makes-predictions-fall <p><a href="http://www.ercot.com/content/alerts/html/normal.html" target="_blank">The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)</a> says that though the Texas electric grid saw <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/am-update-record-electric-demand-child-car-safety-new-tar-sands-pipeline" target="_blank">new monthly peaks</a> in June and July, the overall electric demand fell below last summer’s record-setting numbers.&nbsp;</p><p>At the Board of Directors September meeting yesterday, directors were briefed on the <a href="http://kutnews.org/webclip/ercot-girds-high-use-urges-electric-conservation" target="_blank">summer’s power grid demand</a> and peaks over the summer and made projections for fall and winter.&nbsp;</p><p>This summer, ERCOT didn’t have to issue any energy emergence alerts (EEA)—which can result in rotating outages in order to prevent a power grid overload and statewide blackout. Last summer, ERCOT issued seven EEAs. Though this summer’s weather was hotter than the state’s 15-year average, it didn’t reach the sweltering levels achieved in 2011, so air conditioner use was somewhat lower. Wed, 26 Sep 2012 14:04:23 +0000 Kelli Ainsworth 5168 at http://kut.org ERCOT Board Examines Summer Power Usage, Makes Predictions for Fall AM Update: New Record For Power Usage, Texas Ex Wins Gold, C-130s to Stay in Texas http://kut.org/post/am-update-new-record-power-usage-texas-ex-wins-gold-c-130s-stay-texas <p><strong>New Record Set for July Power Usage</strong></p><p>Keeping the A.C. on all day may be a good way to stay cool, but not to help Texas&#39; electric grid.</p><p>A new July record was set yesterday when the <a href="http://www.ercot.com/">Electric Reliability Council of Texas</a> (ERCOT) reported that demand on their electric grid peaked at 65,790 megawatts (MW). The previous record was set last July, during one of the hottest summers on record, at 65,432 MW.</p> Wed, 01 Aug 2012 12:39:11 +0000 Mary Mattia & Margaret Nicklas 4796 at http://kut.org AM Update: New Record For Power Usage, Texas Ex Wins Gold, C-130s to Stay in Texas AM Update: Storm Wrap-Up, Lawmakers on Veterans and Foster Care, Reduced Water Restrictions http://kut.org/post/am-update-storm-wrap-lawmakers-veterans-and-foster-care-reduced-water-restrictions <p><strong>Sunday&#39;s Storm Affects Austin Roads, Power</strong></p><p>As much as four to five inches of rain fell over Austin and Round Rock last night.</p><p>About two and a quarter inches were recorded in downtown Austin.</p><p>Heavy rains required the <a href="http://www.lcra.org/water/conditions/river_report.html" target="_blank">Lower Colorado River Authority to open some floodgates</a> at the Tom Miller Dam to keep Lake Austin within its operating range.</p><p>About 20 <a href="https://my.austinenergy.com/outages/" target="_blank">Austin Energy customers remained without power</a> late this morning. At 8 p.m. Sunday, the storm knocked out power to as many as 5,000 Austin Energy customers. Mon, 16 Jul 2012 12:51:50 +0000 Mary Mattia & Laura Rice 4687 at http://kut.org AM Update: Storm Wrap-Up, Lawmakers on Veterans and Foster Care, Reduced Water Restrictions ERCOT Predicts No Power Outages This Summer http://kut.org/post/ercot-predicts-no-power-outages-summer <p>Since its creation in 1970, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ercot.com/">Electric Reliability Council of Texas</a>&nbsp;(ERCOT) has experienced blackouts (or in its vocabulary, rolling outages,) only three times. With the majority of that burden falling on residential properties, the community has cause for interest &ndash; but not concern &ndash; according to&nbsp;ERCOT&rsquo;s&nbsp;leaders.</p><p>&ldquo;We don&rsquo;t expect this summer to have to resort to rotating outages,&rdquo; said ERCOT Director of System Planning Warren Lasher. But, he says, &ldquo;if we have another&nbsp;<a href="http://www.treehugger.com/corporate-responsibility/texas-summer-2011-officially-the-emhottestem-in-us-history.html">summer like 2011</a>, the most extreme summer we&rsquo;ve experienced, then we&rsquo;re likely to have at least one day in which we start running short on reserves.&rdquo;<br /><br /> Reserves are generators dedicated to picking up the slack when other generators fail, or when there is a greater electrical demand.&nbsp;ERCOT&nbsp;has enough reserves to&nbsp;<a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/367334-img-607115524-0001.html">generate over 3,000 megawatts (MW)</a>. To put that in perspective, one megawatt of electricity can power about 200 Texas homes during the hottest day of the year. Overall,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/367335-img-607115538-0001.html">ERCOT&nbsp;has a 74,000 MW capacity</a>. Thu, 07 Jun 2012 20:41:24 +0000 Robb Jacobson 4422 at http://kut.org ERCOT Predicts No Power Outages This Summer Austin Energy: Power Should be Fully Restored by Mid-Morning http://kut.org/post/austin-energy-power-should-be-fully-restored-mid-morning <p>Last night&#39;s storm caused power outages to around 3,000 Austin Energy customers all over the city. North Central Austin was especially hard hit.</p><p>Austin Energy spokesperson Ed Clark says 17 crews worked overnight to restore energy. Six more crews focused just on tree trimming. Clark says fallen tree limbs were a big problem in last night&#39;s storm.</p><p>Crews made repairs at about 200 locations. Two power poles were toppled and lines fell at a dozen locations.&nbsp;Austin Energy expects power to be back up everywhere by mid-morning.</p><p> Tue, 08 May 2012 13:52:53 +0000 Laura Rice 4182 at http://kut.org Austin Energy: Power Should be Fully Restored by Mid-Morning Austin Energy Reports Power Outage in Northwest Austin http://kut.org/post/austin-energy-reports-power-outage-northwest-austin <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="350" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&amp;source=s_q&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=&amp;sll=30.41763,-97.718085&amp;sspn=0.021317,0.027595&amp;gl=us&amp;g=Amherst+Dr,+Austin,+TX&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;t=m&amp;ll=30.41763,-97.718085&amp;spn=0.012953,0.018239&amp;z=15&amp;output=embed" width="425"></iframe><br /><small><a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&amp;source=embed&amp;hl=en&amp;geocode=&amp;q=&amp;sll=30.41763,-97.718085&amp;sspn=0.021317,0.027595&amp;gl=us&amp;g=Amherst+Dr,+Austin,+TX&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;t=m&amp;ll=30.41763,-97.718085&amp;spn=0.012953,0.018239&amp;z=15" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">View Larger Map</a></small></p><p><strong>Update</strong>: Austin Energy reports that power has been restored to the area. <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/austinenergy/status/169804794909831168">The utility writes</a> that the outage was caused by &quot;an electrical equipment malfunction that resulted in a power surge.&quot;</p><p><strong>Original Post</strong>: Nearly 2,000 <a href="http://www.austinenergy.com/">Austin Energy</a> customers may be affected by a power outage this morning, city-owned utility Austin Energy reports.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 14:28:53 +0000 Wells Dunbar 3661 at http://kut.org Texas Grid Operator Updates List of Plant Failures http://kut.org/post/texas-grid-operator-updates-list-plant-failures <p>Officials with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas continue to identify more power plants that went offline during the power emergency that struck the state two weeks ago. Normally, details on plant failures would be confidential for 60 days, because of market rules set up by the Public Utility Commission of Texas.&nbsp; But ERCOT has asked power generators to agree to a waiver of that period.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Feb 2011 20:37:49 +0000 Matt Largey 809 at http://kut.org Texas Grid Operator Updates List of Plant Failures Top Morning Stories February 15, 2011 http://kut.org/post/top-morning-stories-february-15-2011 <P><STRONG>Texas Senators Investigating Power Outages</STRONG></P> <P>Two Senate committees will hear testimony this morning about the state’s power emergency earlier this month that led to rotating power outages. Tue, 15 Feb 2011 11:16:58 +0000 Crystal Chavez, KUT News 800 at http://kut.org Top Morning Stories February 15, 2011 Why Did Your Power Go Out And Theirs Didn't? Austin Energy's Grid Map Of 376 Circuits http://kut.org/post/why-did-your-power-go-out-and-theirs-didnt-austin-energys-grid-map-376-circuits <p>Not all parts of Austin are created equal when it comes to rolling blackouts.&nbsp;</p><p>As you<a href="http://kut.org/items/show/24060"> may have heard</a>, the power outages that hit the city on February 2nd left some parts of town in the dark for hours, while other areas were spared completely.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 11 Feb 2011 18:42:00 +0000 Mose Buchele 788 at http://kut.org Why Did Your Power Go Out And Theirs Didn't? Austin Energy's Grid Map Of 376 Circuits Texas Sets New Power Consumption Record, Power Watch Cancelled http://kut.org/post/texas-sets-new-power-consumption-record-power-watch-cancelled <p>The state's power grid regulator, the <a href="http://www.ercot.com/">Electric Reliability Council of Texas</a> (ERCOT), says Texas set a new record for winter peak demand. Between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m., the state was consuming 57,282 megawatts. That's almost 1,000 megawatts higher than the previous record from February 2<sup>nd</sup>.</p><p>At the same time, ERCOT is cancelling its request to consumers to reduce their energy consumption during peak hours.</p> Thu, 10 Feb 2011 20:02:32 +0000 Nathan Bernier 778 at http://kut.org Texas Sets New Power Consumption Record, Power Watch Cancelled Record Electricity Usage Expected In Texas Tomorrow http://kut.org/post/record-electricity-usage-expected-texas-tomorrow <p>The state's electric grid operator, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), says it's expecting to set a winter record for power demand Thursday morning between 7 and 8 <span data-scayt_word="a.m" data-scaytid="1">a.m</span>. ERCOT is asking people to <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/steps-you-can-take-reduce-likelihood-rolling-outages">conserve</a> power to help minimize the risk of <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/cold-weather-causes-rolling-power-outages-across-texas">rolling blackouts</a> like the ones that swept across Texas last week.</p> Wed, 09 Feb 2011 16:50:17 +0000 Matt Largey 767 at http://kut.org Record Electricity Usage Expected In Texas Tomorrow ERCOT Asks for Power Conservation Ahead of Cold Front http://kut.org/post/ercot-asks-power-conservation-ahead-cold-front <p>Freezing weather is returning tonight and tomorrow morning. ERCOT, the agency that runs the state's power grid, is asking consumers <a href="http://www.puc.state.tx.us/ocp/conserve">to cut back</a> on electricity usage, to avoid another round of rolling blackouts.&nbsp;Officials say the peak times for usage are 6:00-9:00 am and 4:00-8:00 pm, and that's when they need the help most.</p> Tue, 08 Feb 2011 21:51:34 +0000 Brad SeungJin Ryu 761 at http://kut.org ERCOT Asks for Power Conservation Ahead of Cold Front Blackouts Pushed Electricity Prices to the Limit http://kut.org/post/blackouts-pushed-electricity-prices-limit <p>It's been <a href="http://kut.org/items/show/24000">reported</a> that last week's rolling blackouts that left parts of the state in the dark for 15 minutes or more--in some <a href="http://www.kvue.com/news/Rolling-outages-leaves-people-in-the-dark-for-hours-115141279.html">cases</a>, a lot more)--made for sky-high wholesale electric prices.</p> Mon, 07 Feb 2011 19:39:35 +0000 Matt Largey 754 at http://kut.org Blackouts Pushed Electricity Prices to the Limit How To Shut Off The Water To Your Home http://kut.org/post/how-shut-water-your-home <P><IFRAME height=253 src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/19543742?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" frameBorder=0 width=450></IFRAME></P> <P>The city is urging people to locate the shutoff valve for their water mains in case pipes burst and begin spewing water. City of Austin crews have responded to at least 335 calls for lost water service since Tuesday. Thu, 03 Feb 2011 23:18:41 +0000 Nathan Bernier 739 at http://kut.org Live Blogging ERCOT News Conference http://kut.org/post/live-blogging-ercot-news-conference <p>The Electric Reliability Council of Texas is holding a news conference to discuss yesterday's events. Follow it live here.</p> <iframe src="http://www.coveritlive.com/index2.php/option=com_altcaster/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=9b4cf7aaa6/height=550/width=470" scrolling="no" height="550px" width="470px" frameBorder ="0" allowTransparency="true" ><a href="http://www.coveritlive.com/mobile.php/option=com_mobile/task=viewaltcast/altcast_code=9b4cf7aaa6" >ERCOT News Conference</a></iframe> Thu, 03 Feb 2011 19:05:20 +0000 Nathan Bernier 736 at http://kut.org