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Griddy banned from Texas power market over payment breach

[New York Post, Reuters] The Texas energy company Griddy has been banned from participating in the state’s power market, according to a report. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas revoked Griddy’s rights to enter the state’s electricity market on Friday, because of a payment breach, Bloomberg reported. Griddy had previously said it would challenge the prices […]

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Texan files $1 billion class-action lawsuit after receiving $9,000 electric bill

[ABC NEWS, GETTY] One resident said her bill soared to $9,340 the week of the Texas storm. A $1 billion class-action lawsuit has been filed against Texas wholesale electricity retailer Griddy Energy for allegedly charging exorbitant prices during last week’s historic storm that left millions powerless in the freezing cold. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of […]

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Climate change and record cold: What’s behind the arctic extremes in Texas

[CBS NEWS] For many, especially folks who live in the South, the arctic outbreak that has gripped the nation’s heartland for the past week is the kind of cold that only happens once in a century. Countless record cold temperatures were set. Conditions overwhelmed the Texas power grid, cutting off electricity to millions and bursting water pipes, creating a humanitarian […]

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As Texas deep freeze subsides, some households now face electricity bills as high as $10,000

[NBC NEWS, AP] “The last thing an awful lot of people need right now is a higher electric bill — and that’s unfortunately something a lot of people will get stuck with.” As the Texas power grid collapsed under a historic winter storm, Jose Del Rio of Haltom City, in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, saw the electricity […]

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Texas mayor resigns after telling residents desperate for power and heat “only the strong will survive”

[CBS NEWS] A Texas mayor resigned after seemingly telling residents to fend for themselves in a Facebook post amid a deadly and record-breaking winter storm that left much of the state without power Tuesday.  As then-mayor of Colorado City, Tim Boyd wrote an insensitive message for people desperate for heat, water and power, saying “only the strong […]

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Millions are still without power as winter storms continue

[CNN] What you need to know now Winter weather is continuing to wreak havoc across the US, with forecasts predicting more ice and low temperatures ahead in the most-affected states. Winter weather alerts extend from Texas to New England.About 2.8 million customers in Texas are without power, and local officials and residents are furious over the outages.You can track the snow and ice […]

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Hurricane watch issued as system brews in Caribbean

(CNN) Cuba has issued a hurricane watch as a storm system brews south of Jamaica, with forecasters expecting it to gain strength as it moves northwest towards the Gulf of Mexico. 2020 hurricane season could set record for most named stormsPotential Tropical Cyclone (PTC) 26 was located 90 miles south of Kingston, Jamaica, Sunday evening, […]

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Earthquake: 4.5 quake rattles Southern California; no major damage reported

[The Los Angeles Times] A magnitude 4.5 earthquake was reported late Friday night, rattling a wide swath of Southern California. There were no immediate reports of serious damage or injuries, but the 11:38 p.m. quake was felt across the region and as far as San Diego, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, which revised its […]

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Hurricane Sally strengthens to Category 2 as it nears landfall, bringing life-threatening flooding

[CNN] (CNN) Hurricane Sally restrengthened to a Category 2 Hurricane early Wednesday morning as it churns slowly along the Gulf Coast. The slow-moving storm is expected to make landfall between Gulfport, Mississippi, and Pensacola, Florida, late Wednesday morning if it maintains its current 2 mph crawl north. Winds of 100 mph have been recorded by an Air Force […]

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When Will the Air Quality Get Better?

[The New York Times] Over the weekend, fast-moving wildfires continued their deadly rampage across huge swaths of California, Oregon and Washington, sending tens of thousands of people fleeing from their homes and incinerating entire communities. At least 24 people have died — although those numbers are likely to rise as investigators and rescuers are able to […]

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