*They had exceeded their expected max outage on thermal resources by nearly double.
Yeesh, I'm going to stop typing now. 😶
@Tay0 Also gave more explanation on the twitters. https://twitter.com/rho_/status/1362457995150569472
But yeah, seemed like a massive preparation fail on the plant's part after more or less ignoring the recommendations made the last time. You clearly have a better window into all that, but it seems like maybe some threats of consequences for these generation co's would have been helpful.
@Tay0 Yeah I actually kicked off a data scraper for a strangely obscure ''public' data set ERCOT had. It was just a table of zipped CSV's of ""Hourly Resource Outage Capacity". At the peak it was wild. They had exceeded their expected max outage by on thermal resources by nearly double.
I've since stopped the data scraping as things calmed down, but you can see the last few runs here https://rh0.github.io/ercot-hro/
@Tay0 It's impressive. They're where the rubber hits the road for keeping modern civilization propped up.
@Tay0 You're all out there fighting, I should say. And I for one greatly respect and appreciate it.
For whatever that's worth.
@Tay0 This has been the most epic of fails. However, I've never had more respect for linemen (and I've always had a high appreciation for that trade). This is a once in a generation battle they're out there fighting.
@aral Really enjoyed this, thank you!
Do y'all happen to have an RSS feed for these videos? I was looking around for one, but couldn't seem to find it. I'd love to keep up with them as they're released.
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@Tay0 Yeah that sounds like a real pain, and generator would be a simple and reliable way to go in an emergency situation. I may just mess around with a smaller battery project (because it does sound interesting) while I look into whole house generators.
I've been wanting to prototype something for the office to kind of act as an oversized UPS for the network, computers, radios, etc, and there's a supply of used 18650's here thanks to all the scooter and ebike startups that flooded the city.
@Tay0 Same, dropped everything to batten down the hatches. Protecting pipes and plants, then hunkering down with hot meals and cold beers. Could be worse I guess.
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