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Many Democrats are blaming Gov. Greg Abbott (R) for failing to adequately prepare for the storm. Many conservatives are blaming the environmental movement -- insisting that frozen wind turbines show the limits of alternative energy sources. (This is a gross exaggeration.) But the primary fall guy is the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), an independent organization that operates Texas' power grid. "This was a total failure by ERCOT," said Abbott on Tuesday. "These are the experts. These are engineers in the power industry. These aren't bureaucrats or whatever the case may be. These are specialists, and government has to rely upon on these specialists to be able to deliver in these types of situations." The story, as you might guess, is actually slightly more complicated than that. It's rooted in Texans' views of their state as a quasi-independent country -- and a desire to have as little federal interference in their lives as possible. Yes, there are politics at the root of this. "Texas' secessionist inclinations have at least one modern outlet: the electric grid," wrote the Texas Tribune back in 2011. To understand what is happening right now in Texas -- and who's to blame -- you have to go back to 1935, when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Federal Power Act, which governed electricity sharing and sales between the states. Basically, it allowed the federal government to regulate states who brought power in from outside their state lines.

Yvonne | February 17, 2021  

We have been out for 60 hours!

Herb Robinson | February 17, 2021  

36 hours with nothing while family less than 10 miles away (in Colleyville) haven’t even seen a light blink. We’re starting to suspect they are prioritizing the higher priced neighborhoods first.

MJ | February 16, 2021  

Have been without power since more than 30 hours!! What kinda outage rolling is this when house next door didn't loose their power at all while we don't have power! We also use same company too!

Steve | February 16, 2021  

without power for 26 hours straight and have a 75 year old mom here.

Ann Jodzio | February 16, 2021  

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Power Outage FAQs

What is Power Outage?

Power outage (also called a power cut, a power blackout, power failure or a blackout) is a short-term or a long-term loss of the electric power to a particular area.

What Causes Power Outages?

  • Severe weather (high winds, lightning, winter storms, heat waves, rain or flooding can cause damage to power lines or equipment);
  • Other damage to electric transmission lines (vehicle accidents, trees, and animals can cause damage to power lines or equipment);
  • Repairing, maintenance or upgrades on power lines and equipment.

What are the Top Outage Safety Tips?

  • Stay away from the downed power lines, park vehicles in protected areas;
  • Unplug appliances and electronics, limit cell phone use to conserve battery life;
  • Use portable generators outdoors only, well away from open windows and doors;
  • Pack perishable foods into a cooler, keep refrigerator and freezer doors shut as much as possible.

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North Richland Hills, Texas

City North Richland Hills
County Tarrant
State Texas (TX)
Country United States
Zip Codes 76180, 76182