Texas power giant Luminant has agreed to a $750,000 fine related in part to the power outages that swept North Texas in February 2011. Almost three years ago unusually cold temperatures and high winds combined to take down 225 Texas power plants over three days. The fine against Luminant by the Texas Public Utilities Commission represented the largest against a power company in the event. According to the settlement agreement filed Tuesday, a Luminant natural gas-fired plant allegedly malfunctioned and could not provide power guaranteed to the grid. Luminant, a subsidiary of troubled Energy Future Holdings Corp., admitted no fault in the deal with the PUC. A month later, unrelated to the cold spell, Luminant’s DeCordova plant outside Granbury also failed to fire up within 25 minutes as required under their agreement with ERCOT. Over 20 months in 2011 and 2012, the PUC fined the power industry $3.8 million for a variety of infractions.

With winter weather coming around more often, there are some steps you can take to make life without power a little bit easier.
During a power outage, keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible. First use perishable food from the refrigerator, then use food from the freezer.
If it looks like the power outage will continue beyond a day, prepare a cooler with ice for your freezer items. Keep other foods in a dry, cool spot and keep it covered at all times.
The remaining customers affected by the outage should see power restored by this afternoon once repairs have been completed, Sarkissian said. In addition, the company failed to provide proper notice to the grid’s operators, the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas.
The company argued the outage was “beyond its reasonable control” and therefore exempt from its obligation to the grid. Your comments are subject to our Terms of Service and the privacy policy and terms of service of your social network.

In response, ERCOT ordered Luminant’s Morgan Creek power plant outside Colorado City to fire up.
But new control systems installed the previous year combined with the cold conditions allegedly caused the plant to only fire up one of its six turbines.
Spare change will be collected in boxes at the check-out registers at every DFW-area Kroger grocery store.

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