Amazon Web Services experiences another big outage
It’s the latest of several recent AWS outages that took down large chunks of the digital economy. Two weeks ago, service problems tied to malfunctioning network devices created issues with Amazon’s Ring home security business and other cloud-based applications. Another outage the following week was resolved in less than an hour. Last year, huge swaths of the web were knocked offline after the company’s Northern Virginia servers became overwhelmed, affecting access to Ring and iRobot, among others.washingtonpost.com
ERCOT ends emergency conditions as winter weather subsides
With the weather warming up and freezing temperatures behind us, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas ended emergency conditions on Friday morning. Around 10:38 a.m., they announced the emergency conditions were formally rescinded, marking a return to normalcy. Since overnight Monday, millions of Texans were out of power due to controlled outages to keep the state’s power grid stable. AdDespite the good news from ERCOT on ending emergency conditions, there are still thousands of Texans without power across the state. According to ERCOT, 34,000 megawatts of power remain on forced outage due to the weather.
Millions of Texans remain without electricity Wednesday with no timetable on relief
Updated at 7:09 p.m.:ERCOT issued the following update regarding the electrical crisis:“We are working around the clock to restore power to Texans,” said ERCOT President and CEO Bill Magness. AdAs of 6 p.m., approximately 43,000 MW of generation has been forced off the system during this extreme winter weather event. We continue to work as quickly and safely as possible to restore power. — ERCOT (@ERCOT_ISO) February 17, 2021ERCOT officials said they were able to restore power to 600,000 homes Tuesday, but that millions are still without power. ERCOT officials could not provide a solid timeline on when they expected to resolve the outages.
‘No one to speak to’: CPS Energy customers frustrated, concerned for vulnerable community members amid rotating outages
He says his calls to CPS Energy for answers about when the power would be restored have gone unanswered. CPS Energy CEO Paula Gold-Williams said every energy system is stressed across the state. Rudy Garza, with CPS Energy, says CPS Energy is reaching out to its customers via all social media platforms, calls, and emails. While temperatures will continue to affect the energy consumption, CPS Energy expects the outages to continue, so the company urges customers to make plans. With energy reductions driven by outage management, CPS Energy used more than 4,954 MW yesterday, which was a winter record.
CPS Energy: Most customers subject to rotating outages as winter weather continues
CPS Energy updated media outlets Monday afternoon, hours after Electric Reliability Council of Texas said the rotating outages will continue throughout the state through Tuesday. Paula Gold-Williams, CPS Energy president and CEO, said the goal is to try and rotate outages in 15-minute increments. Typically, CPS Energy sees peak energy demand in the summer when the hottest temperatures set in. With energy reductions driven by outage management, CPS Energy used more than 4,954 MW yesterday, which was a winter record. If the outages had not been proactively managed thus far, winter energy demand would have exceeded summer maximums for the first time in CPS Energy’s history.
ERCOT directs utilities to restore power to thousands as millions of Texans still in cold
Update ( Tuesday 1 p.m. ):The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) directed local utilities to restore power to thousands of Texans who have been stuck in the dark and in freezing temperatures for hours. Despite the increase in availability, millions of Texans still do not have power and went through the night in frigid cold. “The Electric Reliability Council of Texas has been anything but reliable over the past 48 hours,” Abbott said. Update (5 p.m.): The Electric Reliability Council of Texas says that crews are beginning to restore some of the power lost due to the snowstorm. “ERCOT and Texas electric companies have been able to restore service to hundreds of thousands of households today, but we know there are many people who are still waiting,” said ERCOT President and CEO Bill Magness.