Managers of Texas Power Grid Resign After Widespread Storm Outages

Five officials will resign from the board overseeing the Texas power grid after it was pushed to the brink of collapse by the recent winter storm, leaving millions without electricity during some of the coldest temperatures the state has experienced in a generation. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, the board that governs the flow […]

Officials to resign from Texas power grid operator after outages

Texas governor welcomes resignations, saying ERCOT’s ‘lack of preparedness and transparency’ is unacceptable. Officials at the Texas power grid operator responsible for providing electricity to more than 26 million people across the US state are stepping down, after a winter storm cut millions off from electricity and water and led to dozens of deaths. Four […]

Why was there a power breakdown in Pakistan? Report Revealed

ISLAMABAD: The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA), citing power breakdowns across the country, said that the problem at Guddu Power Station was due to human error, which led to a complete blackout. Details The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has released a report on the January 9 power breakdown, according to the report. […]

US energy body to examine climate change threat to power grid

The decision follows power outages in Texas due to an extreme cold snap that left millions of people without electricity. Federal energy regulators in the United States say they will examine threats that climate change and extreme weather events pose to the country’s electric reliability in the wake of last week’s deadly Texas freeze that […]

Family sues Texas power companies for $100m over death of boy, 11

Cristian Pavon’s family says ‘gross negligence’ caused death by ‘hypothermia’, as Texans receive sky-high energy bills. The family of an 11-year-old boy who died during the Texas winter storm and the ensuing blackouts is suing the state’s grid operator and energy company Entergy for $100m as Texans begin to see exorbitant energy bills. Cristian Pavon […]

Israel’s coronavirus vaccines wielding political power

Forget about oil and arms. Coronavirus vaccines are emerging as the newest currency of choice in the Middle East. Israel’s reopening of its economy, combined with a murky prisoner swap with Syria and the arrival of a batch of vaccines in the Gaza Strip, have all underscored how those with access to the vaccines have […]

Opinion | The Lessons of the Texas Power Disaster

There is a great deal of nonsense being written and spoken about this week’s power failures in Texas, which left a number of people dead and millions without power or potable water, sometimes for days. Among the more prominent nonsense peddlers was the Texas governor, Greg Abbot, who blamed the mess on wind power and […]

Power returns but water an issue as Texas reels from icy storm

Historic storm leaves dozens dead and millions without water as power returns to US state of Texas. Power is returning in the storm-hit US state of Texas, but challenges remain as millions still face water-boil notices and power lines remain downed across the second-largest United States state on Friday. All power plants in the state […]

Live Updates: Power Comes Back in Texas, but Water Systems Are Crippled

Here’s what you need to know: Ben Lozano cleaned up his garage on Thursday after a pipe burst behind his washing machine in Austin, Texas.Credit…Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times The end of frigid conditions across Texas is in sight on Friday, but many residents who fled their homes this week in search of […]

US: Severe cold, power outages cause major water problems

According to Report About 7 million people in Texas – a quarter of the United States’s second-most populous state – have been told to boil their water or stop using it entirely as homeowners, hospitals, and businesses grappled with broken water mains, burst pipes and power outages. Winter storms during the past week in the […]

Anger rises as millions in Texas remain without power and heat

In the wake of a record winter storm, millions in the southern US state of Texas – considered the energy capital of  the United States – remain without power, as anger among residents is growing by the hour. “I know people are angry and frustrated,” said Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, who woke up to more […]

A Glimpse of America’s Future: Climate Change Means Trouble for Power Grids

Huge winter storms plunged large parts of the central and southern United States into an energy crisis this week, with frigid blasts of Arctic weather crippling electric grids and leaving millions of Americans without power amid dangerously cold temperatures. The grid failures were most severe in Texas, where more than four million people woke up […]

Millions without power as deep freeze continues across US

At least one person was dead and more than four million were without power in the southern US state of Texas after a rare deep freeze placed an enormous burden on the state’s electrical grid, prompting rolling blackouts and limited ability of some providers to generate power. The cause of the death of the person […]

Texas freeze leaves millions in northern Mexico without power

Mexico’s government-owned utility says operations were stunted as the winter storm in Texas froze natural gas pipelines. Freezing weather in the US state of Texas left almost five million people in northern Mexico without power early on Monday, as a shortage of natural gas disrupted electricity production. Mexico’s government-owned utility, the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), […]

Pennsylvania G.O.P.’s Push for More Power Over Judiciary Raises Alarms

She added, “It is way too much control for one branch to have over another branch, particularly where one of its charges is to reign in the excesses of the legislative branch.” If the Republican bill becomes law, Pennsylvania would become just the fifth state in the country, after Louisiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Illinois, to […]

Pennsylvania G.O.P.’s Push for More Power Over Judiciary Raises Alarms

She added, “It is way too much control for one branch to have over another branch, particularly where one of its charges is to reign in the excesses of the legislative branch.” If the Republican bill becomes law, Pennsylvania would become just the fifth state in the country, after Louisiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Illinois, to […]

Millions in Texas lose power as winter storm drops temps to -22C

The state of Texas continued to reel under a deep freeze, leaving utilities scrambling to meet record power demand and forcing the state’s grid operator to enforce rotating blackouts early on Monday, putting over two million Texans in the dark. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has sought to cut power use in response […]

Live Updates: Winter Storm Clobbers Power and Glazes Roads Across the U.S.

Here’s what you need to know: Video A major storm brought snow and ice to a large part of the country, causing power outages and car accidents in several states over the weekend.CreditCredit…John Clanton/Tulsa World, via Associated Press A sprawling winter storm pummeled a large swath of the United States on Monday, delivering heavy snowfall […]

Myanmar military tries ‘divide and rule’ in bid to cement power

Since seizing power from the elected government led by Aung San Suu Kyi on February 1, Myanmar’s military, known as the Tatmadaw, has been working to entice rival ethnic political parties into its new administration, in a sign of the divide-and-rule tactics it has long used to control the country. Saw Mu Daw*, an ethnic […]

‘Men hold all the power’: Domestic violence spikes in Iraq

Baghdad, Iraq – Dhoha Sabah had been married for eighteen years when her husband first laid a hand on her. Crowded into a modest, single-room home in Baghdad’s Sadr City neighbourhood, the couple had always struggled to put food on the table for their four children. But then the coronavirus pandemic struck, sending Iraq’s oil-dependent […]

Belarus president, leader since 1994, says he has too much power

Lukashenko, who faces protests against his rule, has promised a referendum on the constitution, but his opponents condemn the move as a sham. Alexander Lukashenko, the embattled Belarusian president who has ruled the country for 27 years, has said his position wields too much power as he promised a referendum on constitutional reforms next year. […]

Power, Patriotism and 1.4 Billion People:How China Beat the Virus and Roared Back

The Chinese Communist Party reached deep into private business and the broader population to drive a recovery, an authoritarian approach that has emboldened its top leader, Xi Jinping. The order came on the night of Jan. 12, days after a new outbreak of the coronavirus flared in Hebei, a province bordering Beijing. The Chinese government’s […]