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Were the Deaths in the Texas Winter Storm, According to the Utilities Plan?

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As the Joker said in The Dark Knight, "Nobody panics when things go according to plan." It seems that people have become desensitized to tragic events that occur as long as it is part of a plan. But what happens when a tragedy strikes, and it is not part of the plan? In February 2021, Texas was hit by a massive winter storm that left millions without power and heat for days. The tragedy resulted in 275 deaths, yet it did not seem to cause as much panic as one would expect. This begs the question, was it all part of the plan? In this article, we will delve into the dark side of utility companies and their priorities, which have resulted in unnecessary tragedies and preventable deaths. 

When a Tragedy Becomes Part of the Plan 

Utility companies handle supplying essential services such as electricity, gas, and water to their customers. In times of crisis, these companies are expected to step up and ensure that their customers have access to these services. However, in the case of the Texas winter storm, utility companies failed to deliver. The tragedy was not part of their plan, and they were not prepared to handle it. This resulted in millions of people left in the cold, without power, heat, and in some cases, water. Utility companies cannot simply shrug off their responsibility for the tragedy by claiming that it was not part of their plan. 

The Texas Winter Storm and the Failures of Utility Companies 

The winter storm in Texas exposed the vulnerabilities of the state's power grid and the lack of preparation by utility companies. The grid was not designed to handle extreme weather conditions, and as a result, it failed, leaving millions without power. While utility companies spent millions to fix the grid, it was still not enough to prevent another winter storm from causing a similar catastrophe. The tragedy also revealed that utility companies prioritize ESG policies over basic needs. Shutting down coal plants may align with the World Economic Forum's ESG goals, but it does not address the immediate needs of its customers. 

How Utility Companies Undermine Rooftop Solar Energy to Prioritize ESG Goals 

Rooftop solar energy has become a popular option for homeowners who want to become energy independent and reduce their carbon footprint. However, utility companies have been cutting back on net-metering programs and solar rebates, making it more difficult and expensive for homeowners to adopt solar energy. These actions by utility companies are not driven by their commitment to ESG goals but rather by their desire to keep their monopoly on energy distribution. Rooftop solar energy undermines its business model, and as a result, they are taking actions to limit its adoption. 


Utility companies have a responsibility to provide essential services to their customers, especially during times of crisis. The Texas winter storm showed that utility companies prioritize ESG goals over the immediate needs of their customers. It is time for utility companies to rethink their priorities and focus on ensuring that their customers have access to reliable and affordable energy. Getting solar installers to put panels on your roof in San Antonio is a viable option for homeowners, and utility companies should embrace it rather than undermine it. It is time to put people first and prioritize their basic needs over ESG goals. 

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Joe Steinke on Mar 21, 2023

One needs to look at the output for different generation sources before making recommendations for storms.  Data from Euri on ERCOT production.  Wind/Solar was down to 600MW during the worst parts of the storm.  PV on a roof won't supply electricity at night or days during cloud cover.   

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David Walter on Mar 23, 2023

Joe - Thanks for pointing out the fact that it’s hard to prepare for a storm. However, I am talking about the elephant in the room ESG... reducing our power production intentionally to save the environment but it may cost a few lives 275 to be exact in Texas. What have the Utilities done since? They are reducing production by shutting down gas plants.  Plus many experts have said the Millions spent to prepare for another freeze 🥶 was a waste. However, the the problem is the attitude of homeowners that act like nothing happen as if everything went according to plan.

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john penry on Mar 21, 2023

You have skipped over the fact that ERCOT doesn’t value capacity and electricity and gas companies aren’t regulated by the same state entities. 

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David Walter on Mar 23, 2023

Wise words John! 

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Thank David for the Post!
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