Texas internet connectivity declining due to blackouts
Aaron C. de Bruyn
aaron at heyaaron.com
Wed Feb 17 17:40:35 UTC 2021
It might not be an easy fix in the moment, but in the long run, buy a
generator and install a propane tank.
When power prices spike to insane levels like this, just flip your transfer
switch over and run off propane.
When utility power becomes cheaper, switch back to the grid.
Maybe some sort of Raspberry Pi to monitor the current prices and do the
transfer automatically. (language warning:
Protip: If you're blacked out, it doesn't matter what the price of power is.
On Wed, Feb 17, 2021 at 8:47 AM John Sage <jsage at finchhaven.com> wrote:
> On 2/17/21 8:07 AM, Sean Donelan wrote:
> > On Wed, 17 Feb 2021, Andy Ringsmuth wrote:
> >> Not sure where you’re finding those numbers but I believe they are not
> >> accurate.
> > U.S. Energy Information Administration (part of the Department of Energy)
> This article is an interest description of Texas electricity pricing for
> one provider and for the market in general:
> "Some retail power companies in Texas are making an unusual plea to
> their customers amid a deep freeze that has sent electricity prices
> skyrocketing: Please, leave us.
> Power supplier, Griddy, told all 29,000 of its customers that they
> should switch to another provider as spot electricity prices soared to
> as high as $9,000 a megawatt-hour. Griddy’s customers are fully exposed
> to the real-time swings in wholesale power markets, so those who don’t
> leave soon will face extraordinarily high electricity bills."
> The catch:
> "Hector Torres, an energy trader in Texas, who is a Griddy customer
> himself, said he tried to switch services over the long weekend but
> couldn’t find a company willing to take him until Wednesday, when the
> weather is forecast to turn warmer."
> - John
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