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Another Day, Another ERCOT Power Warning
For the fourth day Austin Energy and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas are asking people to cut power consumption until 7pm. Today's Stage One warning is better than yesterday's Stage Two warning, but still a bad sign for the power grid. They have issued a reminder about useful ways to conserve power.

3:59PM Fri. Aug. 5, 2011, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

ERCOT Issues Level 2 Power Emergency
Out of the frying pan, into the fire: The Electric Reliability Council of Texas just Tweeted that it is issuing a Level 2 energy emergency. This means that, among large industrial users, rolling blackouts may be necessary.

3:01PM Thu. Aug. 4, 2011, Lee Nichols Read More | Comment »

School Scores, School Funds
Mark Williams, president of Austin Independent School District, is facing a conundrum. How is he supposed to set policy for the years ahead when the state doesn't seem to know what it needs?

12:20PM Thu. Aug. 4, 2011, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Free Puppy (And Kitty) Love
This week we've got two super hot adoption specials from the Austin Humane Society, and a few details about a September paws-tastic event for dog lovers.

9:56AM Thu. Aug. 4, 2011, Jordan Smith Read More | Comment »

ERCOT Issues Another Power Emergency
Just like yesterday, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas has issued a "Level 1" emergency power warning and asked Texans to reduce their electricity usage 3-7pm today. The agency warns that it may have to go to the more extreme Level 2.

3:46PM Wed. Aug. 3, 2011, Lee Nichols Read More | Comment »

ERCOT Issues Power Emergency Warning
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (the agency that manages the state's electricity grid) has issued an emergency warning that Texas' power reserves are dipping perilously low as today's heat taxes air conditioning systems statewide. In the press release below, ERCOT asks Texans to back off on power usage until 7pm, and offers tips on how to do so:

3:57PM Tue. Aug. 2, 2011, Lee Nichols Read More | Comment »

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The Shadow of Oslo
First there were the Oslo terror attacks. Then there was the discovery of a new threat to Fort Hood. What has received less coverage is the fire bombing of a Planned Parenthood Clinic in McKinney, Texas.

9:00AM Mon. Aug. 1, 2011, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Jeffs Trial: Keepin' It Weird
Believe it or not, the trial of Warren Jeffs, the prophet of the polygamist Mormon breakaway sect the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has taken yet another turn – toward the even more strange.

2:02PM Fri. Jul. 29, 2011, Jordan Smith Read More | Comment »

TDH: 7/29/11
The age of austerity has come to Austin. By a 5-2 vote yesterday, the new-look City Council voted to suspend issuance of notices to proceed with construction at Water Treatment Plant No. 4 until they were presented with an estimate of the cost of shuttering the controversial waterworks for either five or ten years.

1:00PM Fri. Jul. 29, 2011, Wells Dunbar Read More | Comment »

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