Blackouts Anger Dallas Hospitals

By Jay Gormley, CBS 11 News

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – They are the critical care safety nets for North Texas: Parkland, Baylor, Methodist and Presbyterian Dallas. So, during Wednesday’s rolling outages, why was the power cut to these vital hospitals?

Jorie Klein runs disaster management for Parkland Hospital, and is still upset that her hospital was included in the rotating outages. “We were not happy,” she said. “You can’t just go down for 15 minutes and come back up. It really does disrupt hospital care.”

Because of the sensitive life-saving equipment, hospitals are considered “critical care facilities,” and supposed to be exempt from rolling blackouts. That’s exactly what Presbyterian Dallas was led to believe. “We were of the understanding that hospitals and other critical-care providers were not supposed to be affected by planned outages,” said hospital spokesman Stephen O’Brien.

Oncor admits that a mistake was made. “We are sorry this happened. We are in a process of refining our processes, so in the unlikely event of future mandates for rotating outages, hospitals will be excluded,” said Oncor spokeswoman Catherine Cuellar.

Although Oncor is taking responsibility, the company is asking for some understanding. Oncor said that the state-mandated ERCOT blackouts were outages of historic proportion. “We were following protocols that have never been tested to this degree. This was the widest number of rotating outages for the longest period of time, ever!” said Cuellar.

Klein said that there has to be a better way to assure hospitals that there won’t be a next time. “I do believe that if there’s not legislation and regulations to protect hospitals, there should be,” Klein said. “We are a trauma center and a safety net for our community.”

Klein said that all of the elective surgeries the hospital had set for Thursday are being re-scheduled. Parkland Hospital officials will continue to evaluate the situation, but expect things to be back to normal on Friday.

All of the hospitals that lost power had back-up generators that kicked in minutes later. But that still did not stop computers and medical equipment from being disrupted, and ultimately causing great concern among hospital administrators.


One Comment

  1. Donnie says:

    I agree , I guess Jerry Jones money speaks pretty loud !

    1. whatelsecanJerrybuy says:

      I’ll second that. With everything that’s affected with this ice storm, I look at Jerry’s and city leaders’ greed regarding this entire Superbowl – and it screams pure justice. Visitors who came early can’t spend money because they’re stranded in hotels. Tens of thousands of fans and VIPs coming in for the game have had flights cancelled. Power’s out periodically all over the metroplex, so cash registers are silent. I find this whole thing …aka Jerry’s nightmare… to be freaking hilarious!

      Have fun on Sunday, Jer. Hope YOU’RE warm in your box.


        Tony Fay, the Vice President of the Superbowl committte requested that the rolling blackouts WOULD NOT prevent Superbowl venues from happening. As we all see the request was granted…..However the plea of the elderly on oxygen went without electricity. The elderly living assisted apartment complex across the street from the Stadium endured the hardships of being without electricity yet Superbowl venues and Cowboy Stadium remain suppled with electricity…..Hospital that care for many critically ill patients came second to the Superbowl. THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE, THE PRIORITY OF A HUMAN LIFE IS PUT SECOND TO THE ALL MIGHTY DOLLAR…..For this hardship, when the Superbowl is over, electric customers might pay dearly in rate increases…..THIS IS AN INJUSTICE, News reporters should report a stoy with the HEADLINE, UNANSWERED QUESTION, WHY DID HUMAN LIFE BECOME A MISPLACED PRIORITY DURING THE SUPEBOW.?………My heart broke when I heard the story of the 18 year old that went without breathing during the blackout. The power went off for 20 minutes through 1 hour and restored for 30 minutes. The cycle continued for 8 hours. I AM IN SHOCK, IN, 2011 INJUSTICES SUCH AS THESE SHOULD NOT BE HAPPENING,

    2. tom Griffin says:

      Oncor and TXU have a black eye on this…

    3. mitch says:

      Hospitals are required to be ready for ANY emergency and to have back up generators (power sources). This hospital could have opted to participate in shedding its electrical load so as to contribute to EPCOT’s request to curtail electrical demand. The big question is “Why is this hospital not ready for an emergency?”.

      1. Robert C says:

        What an idiot. The hospital is ready. There are back up generators. Big diesel ones. When power is lost the engines start and within 30 seconds to a minute critical systems power is back on. That is state of the art emergency power generation, Those 30 seconds without power at a level 1 trauma center like Parkland can cost someone their life.

      2. penster says:

        Hospitals should remain exempt from rolling blackouts. Repeated activation of generators and equipment surging on and off is not good. Hospitals test their generators on a monthly basis, and all critical equipment is plugged into generator supplied outlets. However the 10-30 seconds it takes for generators to kick in can indeed be life-threatening–cardiac monitors, ventilators, some types of life-saving ICU equipment that does not have battery backup–unless you’ve worked there and experienced loss of power, you can’t begin to understand.

      3. Chad Darnell says:

        most health care faciilties have generators that run on prpane gas in the even the diesel generators malfunction,so they are prepared but why should a healthcare facility be included in a rolling blackout? Peoples lives are at stake without a doublt. This is a greedy stupid move by the power companies.

      4. Frog Nurse says:

        I was working in one of the ICU’s when the power went out last week. Immediately we all went in to check our ventilators. We lost monitors for almost two minutes, some patients had to be bagged until ventilators came back on. Full power was not restored for almost 10 minutes. We are trained to know exactly what to do, but when something like that happens without warning and we come to find out that it was easily preventable, that’s when we get frustrated. Yes, storms cause power outages, which is what generators are for, and what we’re trained for. But to find out that ONCOR’s lack of forethought could have seriously endangered the life of my patients…THAT is why we’re upset. ESPECIALLY considering Cowboys Stadium was exempt from blackout when it was probably using the MOST electricity in the city at that point!

      5. mitch says:

        Adding to this comment, in reflection of the comments below, there is criteria set for hospitals by DHS, CMS and verified by JCAHO, and DMS, and others. This criteria is a MINIMUM criteria, not a best practice criteria.

        Each hospital employee must know the emergency system, i.e. which plugs are on emergency power, are the batteries fresh in the BioMed regulated machine and what to do if there is a sudden emergency situation. It is imperative that each employee, especially nurses and nursing staff, know their hospital’s equipment limitations, what to do –as well as HOW THINGS WORK in an emergency so that a clear understanding of the new emergency environment’s capabilities is quickly understood. Through complete contingency planning a seamless transition from grid to backup power can be accomplished provided that the hospital has an adequate backup power system that works .

    4. shane says:

      Maybe they’ll be the next hospital to coolapse under weight of illegal immigration.

    5. bojangles says:

      maybe the hospital should have a BACKUP GENERATOR?

      1. tomhoser says:

        Most hospitals have backup generators. The problem is depending on size and fuel they need several minutes to start, then they need to be maintained more often if they are used more often.

    6. Kenny in MT. says:

      Since this was just built maybe they planned it to be hooked to multiple grids? Sounds like Mr. Jones hired the best to design this state of the art stadium! The construction alone created many jobs, and sold alot of product to build it. Think of the economic impact the construction of this stadium had, and all those paychecks that were payed to YOUR local economy. Sounds like everyone is whining about a properly designed stadium. WHY?

    7. Kathleen Whitten says:

      The basic problem is lack of power generating capacity. We need to build more electrical plants. Save for anger for the environmentalists who block construction of power plants.

  2. Rhino Texas says:

    I agree a foot ball game and the party are not worth 1 second of power that can be better used else where. Some thing is very wrong here.

  3. Eddie says:

    Um, no, Texas Stadium went dark last year.

    1. Sherri V says:

      COWBOY Stadium (not to be confused with Texas Stadium) did go dark last year, but it was their own stupidity, not Oncors.

  4. Magalie Hall says:

    why are they not closing the malls to conserve energy? they rather make us suffer at home in the cold with no electricity but yet let the malls waste electricity and power.

    1. Anthony Madrid says:

      You’re talking about 3, maybe more, different authorities here. The malls are all privately held and would require an emergency declaration by the city to be shut down, at which point all non-emergency places would be required to shut down, least the city appear to be unfair and liable for a lawsuit. The rolling blackouts were issued by a state-independent agency for power management (ERCOT) because two power plants failed do to the cold. ERCOT has no control over where the power goes or doesn’t go to, that’s up to the local distributor (TXU, Oncor, ect). Unless there is a deal between the malls, cities, and power distributors that says they’ll close when an event happens like this, there is no easy way to close a mall down. Though I do agree, they should have been shut down.

      1. John Smith says:

        Nice explanation, Anthony; I agree with you both.

      2. yoyo says:

        It is “We the People of the United States” NOT “We the Corporations or Special Interests”

        The people should be number 1 All else is secondary…To supply electricity for a family stranded in their home or supply electricity to a mall…What is to decide?

      3. M. A. says:

        Magalie, good question.
        YOYO, that’s a point I agree with.
        Anthony, good explanation.

    2. JOSHUA says:




      1. John Smith says:


      2. Jason says:

        I agree with John. This guy is a delusional paranoid fool.

      3. Deaf Mute says:

        Holy smoke this guy must really be angry and on some wicked go juice. I mean seriously did you have to resort to Caps Lock, that was a bit harsh (my ears are still ringing)😦

      4. Craig Thomas says:

        I will third that. Idiot

  5. Matthew Bruce says:

    this is the biggest bunch of bull ive ever heard. whoever put that monstocity of a stadium before a hospital should be arrested for public endangerment. could u imagine being admitted into the ICU or in the middle of child birth and have the power go out? Their excuse “oh were sorry but we had to keep the lights on for jerry land because we dont want the little children kicking the football to get bored”. Tell that to the ladys life you endangered but cutting the power to her life support.

    1. Big says:

      if it makes you feel better, most CC medical equipment have their own backup batteries designed to run whatever its purpose is until the backup generator spins up (20 seconds)

      1. JOSHUA says:


      2. Retired CBET says:

        Well all the ventilators I worked on for the last 15 years don’t have any battery backup power.

        You have to hope that the emergency generators both start up AND the transfer switch works. I was working at a hospital where they generators did start as required BUT the transfer switch failed due to improper maintenance.

        The staff had to manually resperate the ventilator patients until the power was restored.

  6. Beth Dawson says:

    The strange thing is…
    The elderly independent living apartment complex directly across the street from Cowboy Stadium… where half of the residents wear oxygen or use assistive devices but live alone… went through blackouts.
    There is indeed something wrong with this picture.
    Cut mom’s electricity so her respiratory equipment doesn’t work… but make sure the cowboys Stadium has power for their coolers.
    Security measures my eye.

    1. txteacher says:

      Totally agree! Our elderly are being marginalized more and more everyday. The almighty dollar is what counts.

  7. Dr. Bombay says:

    “A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within.” ~ Will Durant

    1. Lamar Calvin Bush says:

      Perfect example.
      The formation of ERCOT what ever that is designed to shift responsibility from a person (the Governor) to a nameless bureaucracy. When power both physically and politically is concentrated and controlled centrally the public can be manipulated, tricked, and taken advantage of by an amorphous bunch of thugs until eventually the system of profiteering collapses and the civilization falls.
      You have to grin how these mobsters have brought Mexico into the mix like the USA needs them so badly. Of course, the Mexican people must suffer for this farce. But, of course everybody just goes to the money-lenders and everybody is happy for a while. But this does not last forever and the longer the bill is put off the larger the interest and as often happens some crisis brings the hammer down since, it is after all the best time for the money lender to profit.

      1. JOSHUA says:



      2. Joshua-Is-Annoying says:

        Joshua, please stop writing in all CAPS. It was bad enough reading through part of your first comment…something about Chicago thugs shutting down power in Texas, but the caps are an eyesore, even if they are being studiously ignored.

        I’m not sure if you’re a real ignoramus, or a liberal plant, but either way your comments are ridiculous.

  8. Larrybud says:

    Hospitals don’t have generators?

    1. larrybud says:

      I should say, generators that don’t kick in immediately…?

      1. ironchefofmunchies says:

        My work facility has generators Larry and they didn’t kick in either.

        The truth is it was so cold that the our generators couldn’t fire up automatically. Hell, we couldn’t even access the generator because the lock on the panels to access it had the tumblers inside frozen shut.

        This was a freak combination of a loss of power capacity (plants froze up) + huge increase in demand (0-20 degree weather for 3 days) + an ice storm that coated the entire region in about 3-6 inches of solid ice.

        I understand people’s frustration-but it’s truly a unique situation. “Third World” is just the simplification of spoiled people who can’t take 2 days of hardship. Suck it up Texas-real Texans don’t whine, we just deal with it and move on.

      2. Chad Darnell says:

        The facilities i have worked at do and as i replied earlier have propane generator backups but there is no excuse for such a move,every room has at least two electrical outlets with a red casing designated for the generator power,but believe me it takes a lot of effort to unplug the oxygen generators and plug them into the red receptacltes not to mention respirators and other equipment..including iv medication pumps,heart monitors ect..

  9. JF Cook says:

    It all makes sense now. Jerry and the NFL want to sell 7,000 tickets to fools for $200 each for the privilege of standing outside of Jerry’s temple to watch a football game on TV. Most people being smart enough to realize they can watch the same game for free in the comfort of their own homes are not falling for the latest Jerry scam. So how do you make your last sales pitch to these hard sell folks, well you know now.

  10. Hank Warren says:

    No electricity for hospitals but plenty for Sports stadiums and the elite, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our right:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama and sweep out the Congress, except Ron Paul.
    (Last link of Banned Book):

    1. DFWShook says:

      A book that is for sale at Amazon isn’t what I would consider “banned”.

  11. Linda Bailey says:

    Texas cares about the sick and inflicted?

  12. wddb says:

    Keep electing Republicans, who have zero loyalty to the citizenry and 100% fealty to corporations.

    1. JOSHUA says:

      You claim that Democrats are LOYAL to the citizens??? Only the Unions, lobbiests, environmentalists, and socialist campaign contributors.

    2. Chris Corbett says:

      Fact: Democrats get the lion’s share of big corporate donations, not Republicans.

      1. wddb says:

        Whatever! Texas is ruled by Republicans!

        How’s that workin’ for ya?

      2. RobertFrost says:

        Its working real good.

    3. mango says:

      wddb: Suggest you look at what party the big corporations give the most money to and what the party affiliations are of the CEO”s of said companies. Also look at the top 10 richest members of Congress. Surprise not, 8 out of 10 are Democrats and the 2 Republicans are what real Republicans call RINOs. Welcome to reality.

    4. txteacher says:

      You’re an idiot. When have you ever seen elected Democrats standing in front of cameras offering to give up their paychecks?

      1. wddb says:

        Really? That’s your standard? Because I haven’t seen any Republican do that, either, so why vote for THEM?

        Oh, and how’s that Mexican electricity? Too bad it’s an illegal immigrant!

      2. Mike says:

        Mexico backed out of sending the electricity to TX because they needed it for the cold weather there. TX didn’t need it because people did a better job of conserving more and some additional capacity came/stayed online.

  13. Coolerking says:

    You want power? Stop voting Democrat. They’ve been blocking real energy production for decades. We’ve got thousands of windmills up but not enough electricity. That money should have been spent on coal, natural gas, and nuclear power plants. And if we don’t wise up, this will get much worse.

    1. DavidA says:

      How do you expect us to get natural gas? Our major source of it is being compromised as we speak. Coal is dangerous for the economy and we may have up to 350 years left of it. Nuclear power…well Chernobyl speaks for itself

      1. JOSHUA says:

        Chernobyl… construction an American Nuclear Generator using US UNION LAVOR….

      2. Eric says:

        Chernobyl has several major things different than a US Nuclear reactor, specifically single stage versus dual stage, reaction inhibition method (Water Vs Carbon Rods) and containment domes. I’ll grant 3 mile island but compared to what that could have been it was barely a blip thanks to the dome.

        Nuclear’s safety record in the US is fantastic. Plus with certain technologies now used in France, Japan, and Germany (And developed in the US but not licensed thanks to the red tape), we can get energy out of destroying the fissile material while keeping the reaction below self-sustaining (1 MeV). This means we don’t have to store radioactive waste and get energy from doing it.

        Nuclear is -the- way to oil independence.

    2. wddb says:

      Another know-nothing who never lived near Three-Mile Island.
      Or a strip-mine.

      1. RobertFrost says:

        And you did?

        Love the ad hominem attack.
        Thats what my children do to each other when they are wrong and they know it.
        You speak of that which you know nothing about, because if you knew even a little about Texas power generation, nuclear power, or Three Mile Island, you would have said something true about them.
        So far you speak like you are an authority on everything. But you show yourself to be ignorant on the subject matter everytime you type.

  14. Maxwell says:

    Why doesn’t Texas join either the Eastern or the Western power girds? ERCOT is simply too small to handle spikes in demand (or failed power plants). North Texas could then import power from Louisiana, Oklahoma, or Arkansas. I have always thought it strange that Texas has its own, independent grid. I understand the pride thing, but it’s not good for the local economy.

    As for the stadium getting priority over a hospital or a nursing home, that’s just bizarre, and, frankly, embarrassing for the local business leaders. Who wants to move a business to a region that is so cavalier about the health and safety of its citizens?

    1. D says:

      Being a citizen of one of the states suggested to provide back-up for Texas, I hope it doesn’t happen. We left Texas for several reasons and one was that no one was keeping up with safety issues. After paying the price to start over elsewhere, I’d prefer you not import your problems to us…

  15. ironcheofmunchies says:

    At the risk of using actual FACTS-the reason Texas Stadium was not subject to the blackouts was because the FBI had other law enforcement DEMANDED the stadium be exempt. This is because law enforcement couldn’t “guarantee the safety of the players and others at the Super Bowl site” if the power was going to be going off and on.

    There is a lot to blame Jerry Jones for-but i’m sorry you can’t blame Jerry Jones for what our federal law enforcement MANDATED.

    PS: I still contend the source of the rolling blackouts is the fact that 7.8% of power ERCOT generates is from wind power. What do you think happens to 60 ft. tall windmills when they get covered by 3-6 inches of solid ice?

    1. Mike says:

      Agree with your explanation on why Jerryworld stayed lit. It’s a secured high risk terrorist target and Dept of Homeland Security needed power to maintain ongoing security measures. Fact is, Oncor failed with their rolling outage plan implementation when they impacted the hospitals. Disagree on wind; the west TX turbines saved our frozen buts yesterday when 2 of our newer coal plants failed and 50 3rd tier Nat Gas plants couldn’t get enough pressure and/or unfreeze valves to come online.

    2. Mango says:

      Perhaps the law enforcement people didn’t get the word that HRH Obama will not be attending the Super Bowl since his Chicago Bears did not win a spot.

      How are those electric cars working in this cold? Oh maybe Texans are smart enough to not have fallen for that scam.

      I would like to know where the money came from for the Mexican electric plants, what company built them and where the technology came from.

  16. Marshall Carroll says:

    The real story should be about how the hospitals are poorly managed and not prepared for a true emergency. The hospitals should be glad that there was a rolling blackout; it gives them an opportunity to test their systems. But instead, they are throwing a tantrum to cover up there incompetence. The hospitals should have a 2-stage backup. First, a battery based UPS should kick in for instant power when the blackout starts. The battery based UPS should have the capacity to run for at least 15-30 minutes. This is because it takes roughly 15 minutes to get the backup diesel power plant running at full power and switched over to run the hospital for the full duration of the blackout (Note: Battery based UPS are not practical for long duration power generation). If a hospital is complaining about rolling blackouts, this means they are not setup as described above, and patients are going to die in a long duration blackout. The reporter writing this story should be asking the hospital what is going to happen when there is a long duration blackout due to hurricanes, tornados, transformer failures, and etc.

    1. JW says:

      This is the real story here that should be answered!!!

  17. egor5820 says:

    All you who are angry at Cowboys Stadium keeping its power through the rolling blackouts, get over it. This is a case of freedom of religion. The Temple Of Jerry needs the electricity for all its parishioners who are there this week worshiping the NFL God with their tithes and offerings.

    1. JOSHUA says:



    2. Corn says:

      Your absolutely right….Sports is the God of America even more so than money!

  18. Talisman says:

    Hospitals have generators but only for critical load and generators do not kick in instantly. Switchgear must detect low or no voltage on at least one phase and then start the generator. It cranks, comes up to speed, and will not pick up load until it reaches 60 Hz. That can take from 15 seconds to more than a minute.

    Most hospitals do not run their critical load on a UPS, which continues to supply power for minutes or hours until the generator kicks in, charging the UPS and running other load.

    Lots of important systems are wtihout power or have to be reset or rebooted.

    It’s disruptive to hospitals, police stations, fire stations, etc.

    Rolling blackouts involve taking substation feeders out of service. Each feeder could have hundreds or even thousands of customers on them. The utility knows what customers are connected to its feeders. Feeders with critical load on them can be exempted from manual and automatice load shedding. This never should have happened.

    1. Corn says:

      Get the names of the people who made this decision, and then prosecute to the full intent of the law……Go straight to jail, do not pass Go and collect 200,000!

  19. M T says:

    I remember when I was researching electric plans, there were a lot of choices that included certain percentages of wind power. I wondered why, exactly, do I want to sign up for a plan that was dependent on wind?

    And I agree, build enough more real power plants, before rushing into unreliable wind farms.

    1. Mike says:

      Umm. Might want to do some more research. Even w/ a 100% wind plan, you get the same grid power as your TXU neighbor gets. You just pay more for it per kWh and use wind credits.

  20. Barb Hammerbeck says:

    Thye need to have backup power generators that don’t take minutes to take up the slack. Where I worked they were instantous so the power outage wasn’t even noticed. They can install a system that only takes care of the computers and they will never have this loss of power.

  21. Bill says:

    Get ready for more blackouts. Where do you think the electric cars—that our brilliant folks in DC decided to give 7500.00 to everyone who buys one—will get their power? Hey, Mexico, can you spare a kilowatt? Hey, China, can you spare a dime?

    1. JOSHUA says:


      1. snickers says:

        Joshua-why do you yell online? IS THE CAPS BUTTON STUCK ON YOUR COMPUTER?

    2. corn says:

      Give me a break…If Americans will put a Kenyan into the office of President, and not hold the treasonous Congress and Senate responsible for checking out his birth…..then Americans are only to blame

  22. Tony says:

    If hospitals do not have immediate back-up power in the event of a power failure, sufficient to supply full power for a couple of hours, shame on them.

    1. JOSHUA says:

      You have NO CLUE what the FULL power requirements of a multi facilities, several hundred bed medical complex are. They DO have emergency diesel fired generators to take care of ICU and surgery, but they cannot heat and run all of the hospital and clinical equipment in the complex…..this isn’t like powering a backup generator for your computer facility. ADD TO THAT, THEY WERE TOLD THAT THEY WERE NOT SUBJECT TO ANY ROLLING BLACKOUTS….THAT IS PURELY ON THE POWER REGULATORS!!!

      1. Mike says:

        Not the power regulator, the transmission and distribution company. In this case it is Oncor. They’ve admitted they made a mistake shutting off the hospitals.

    2. Mark Douglas says:

      Tony, it would be very expensive to install and maintain that kind of equipment.

      You dont seem to grasp how much power “full power” is. Plus, it depends on the heating and coolilng system.

      I worked in power plants connected to hospital systems, for 32 years. I actually had to supply power in emergency situations. The hospital would need 40 milllion dollars worth of equipment to do full power. Maybe more.

      Just because its “a couple hours” makes little difference. You either can meet the load demand, or not.

  23. Charles says:

    Who do I sue?

  24. Renny says:


    1. Mark Douglas, retired power plant engineer says:

      Renny, here is a clue — oil companies wisely don’t build more refineries , Their huge profits comes from the fantastic spike in prices during peak demand.

      If theybuilt enough refineries to meet peak demand at all time, they would make far less profit. Try to grasp this simple economic fact.

      Oil companines call it “excess capacity” and they don’t any part of it. Because excess capacity means LESS profit.

      Get another boogie man.

  25. Adam says:

    This is just how it is when you have a large, monopolistic institution that’s suddenly being asked to perform in ways it never has before. It seems obvious to me that there was no intention at all to cut off power to the hospitals, rather, it was most likely a technician oversight due to them being in a hurry or somesuch. I’m sure Oncor is going to be redrafting plans to take this into account, and if not, then we’ve got a problem.

    As for the hospital, they need to figure out how to take care of themselves. Sadly, Oncor isn’t omnipotent, and in the event of some catastrophe (tornado, terrorist attack, etc.), power lines may be severed. This is an undeniable possibility, and it’s very obvious that these hospitals are not prepared in any way.

    1. Mark Douglas says:

      Adam you don’t have a clue, do you? You are just ranting.

      Very obvious? You mean it’s very obvious they would be cut off the grid for h ours at a time?

      Hey Adam, why didn’t you use this genius to tell u s all BEFORE — and then tell us where to get the 40-60 million the hospital is supposed to get to put in the kind of equipment that can handle regular loads?

      Go on Adam. To you this is all not just obvious, but VERY obvioius.

      Amazing how everyone is an expert when they have no clue what is going on.

  26. Detter says:

    Yet another well well coordinated effort. Way to go. How’s the late night lessons learned going or will you be repeating this without conscious knowledge of your unintended consequences.

    It’s as bad as when WKRP in Cincinnati threw turkeys out of the helicopter thinking that turkeys can fly. Funniest one ever.

    TYPICALLY, all critical services have coordinated and bugged off on such rolling black out PLAN. I guess not in the case of TX. Great…

  27. Archy Cary says:

    What are the hospitals (and DART riders) whining abouT?. Hospitals. Poor people and ohters on rail cars. Power cut off. So what? It’s Jerry’s World here. Big football game. People partying. Spending money at hotels (the ones they can get to), restaurants, and bars. Look around. A burb of Dallas is buildding a high school football complex for 136 million dollars. It’s all about the circus here. Stop your whining. Let the people walk and let grandma breathe on her own till the power goes back on.

    1. Mike says:

      correction: that’s a $60M football complex, overwhelmingly approved by their voters in a bond election

  28. dakotajustice says:

    Conserve energy? Just take some mega-wattage from Al Gore’s home and route it to the Texas electric grid. Or better yet, some of the HOT AIR coming out of Al’s pie-hole should warm the state up a bit.

  29. Justin says:

    The rolling blackouts are nothing more than a scam. It’s to breed fear in the public’s mind so that Cap and Trade regulations will pass with a whimper instead of a loud voice of outrage. This will make the ridiculously crooked energy lobby in Texas A LOT (as well as so called “liberals” Pickens and Soros) of money even though it’s become clear that the days of Texas Energy knowing what they are doing are over.

    1. JOSHUA says:

      Your statement makes no sense. All that has to happen is get the EPA and the Cap and Trade crowd to shut up and go away, so that NEW POWER PLANTS can be brought on line TODAY.

    2. corn says:

      I wonder if George Bush had electricity?

      1. Max Entropy says:

        It’s BUSH’S FAULT!!!!11!1!!!!

  30. wtliii says:

    It’s the EPA’sand the democrats fault do away with them. Also you would think a major hospital would spend a little of there millions on a generator as a to insure the care for their patients

    1. JOSHUA says:


      1. Max Entropy says:

        They don’t have to. The backup generators are required to come on within ten seconds and power the Critcal Emergency (patient life safety) and the Emergency (equipment and elevator) circuits. Some non-essential lighting and power is not backed-up.
        This is required for hospital accreditation.

  31. John Adams says:

    This is what is going to happen in a nation like USA where:
    a. A sports player is paid in millions and I mean also in billion dollar contract. Yes, a player has also signed a billion dollar contract. These sports player and sports provide ZERO to the production of economy. Yet, these ZERO economy producers are paid in millions.
    b. On the flip side thousands of teachers, the very guardian of our future are FIRED by the thousands.
    c. Medical nurses are treated like sub-humans and worked endlessly for pennies.
    d. Firefighters and police officers are also being fired.
    SOMETHING is VERY WRONG with USA. Every citizens must stand up to pass a law that every sports player will NOT be paid any salary higher than a teacher, a police officer or a firefighter.
    e. With the extreme savings from the EXTREME WASTE in sports, our nation can help all the really deserving professionals and also all the poor.

    1. texas ranger says:

      it really is non of your business what sports figures are paid. In this country
      no one is forced to be a teacher, fire fighter etc. If you chose a low paying
      job blame yourself. Do not ask the government to take money from
      others and give it to you.
      this has never worked.

    2. corn says:

      What? Are you crazy? Why are you concerned about the money being paid to American hard working citizens? We’ve got a Democratic Kenyan in office at the White House….who is not even an American citizen!

    3. Max Entropy says:

      Sports players are entertainers just like movie stars. They are paid based on their ability to sell tickets, TV time and merchandise. Winning sells so the teams like to hire players that can help them win and they compete mightily for the good players thus upping their pay. It’s called market economics and you play a big part in it. You should read up on it.
      If that bothers you, don’t watch sports or go to movies. Really.

  32. tk says:

    Why be so upset? After all, your getting what you voted for. How’s that “hope and change” going?

  33. spiritrider says:

    when seconds count in patient care we find that ercot and oncor dont care as long as jerrys temple has power. as a trauma specialist i can tell you that the slightest interruption can mean the difference between life and death i praise those doctors who dealt with this . I URGE ALL OF YOU TO CALL YOU STATE SENATOR STATE REPRESENTATIVES THE LT GOVERNOR AND GOVERNOR OF THIS STATE OF TEXAS VOICE YOUR OPIONS AND THOUGHTS TO THEM .

  34. JOSHUA says:


    1. corn says:

      Put the blame where it belongs! The Damocrats!

    2. Mike says:

      We actually lead the nation in wind power which was very helpful yesterday when coal and nat gas power plants went offline. Wind power supplied 7.8 percent of TX electricity in 2010, up from 6.2 percent the year before.

  35. Mad in Dallas says:

    worked for them 10 years. ONCOR employees or anybody at TXU will never admit faiult or blame for anything. I woke up to dark cold, endless voicemail hell.
    They need to be fined and be responsible for not contacting all customers in their service area for permeditatedly shutting off power with no advance warning to their customers. Show your anger by changing to another provider.
    Sure TXU and ONCOR get their money out of the same buckets. Don’t be fooled. They are an arrogaant evil buch of fatcats behind the scenes at TXU and ONCOR.

    1. JOSHUA says:



      1. T Boone Pickens says:

        You will need to talk to George W. Bush about his deregulation promise. He assured us it would substantially LOWER our payments over time ! It sure looks like he was so wrong.
        BTW, it should be easy to get in contact with W. since he now resides in D/FW I hear.

      2. Mike says:

        Prices have finally come down considerably. Just got 7c /kWh for 6 months. Much lower than before and much of the rest of the country.

      3. Anton Chigurh says:

        I believe you are the exception and not the rule. In other words your rate is a rare and isolated one and not the norm in this state. Since deregulation Texas rates in general have gone up substantially with less service at the same time. Compared to Oklahoma we pay 4 times as much for the same kilowatt, both running from the same type of natural gas power plant, how can this be ?
        Anyways I would invite you to look at the power rates in San Antonio (which is still regulated) to the rest of Texas and you will clearly see that the Texas Citizenry is getting brutally raped in the wallet since dereguation my friendo, this is fact.

      4. Mike says:

        What you state has been true in the past, but no longer. My 7c rate is through Reliant, one of the largest REPs, in Dallas. Could have gotten lower with a 2nd tier REP. CPS in San Antonio is offering 6.8c, very comparable. Shop around. Prices have really come down in the last year.

      5. BSBob says:

        That’s right! If you are still using TXU you are just asking to be ripped off. We switched to Reliant last year and my utility bills are extremely lower. TXU is the villain when it comes to high utility bills.

  36. Gradofan says:

    There are only a few well informed, factual comments above – most are “clueless.”

    First, as as been pointed out, the fundamental “root cause” of the problem has nothing to do with Jerry Jones, Cowboys Stadium, The Super Bowl, or Republicans – it’s solely the fact that the “radical left” has prevented all forms of safe, economic, harmless energy production, and the attainment of energy independence. They’ve barred construction of nuclear power plants; greater production of all fossil fuels, as well as construction of new refineries – based on dis-proven theories, and unfounded fears.

    If you want to avoid such disruptions and have plenty of reasonably priced energy – require your elected representatives to support greater drilling and production, and construction of nuclear power plants and refineries, all of which can be done safely without any adverse environmental impact.

    Second, as as been pointed out, all hospitals have back-up power supplies, which are frequently tested and reliable. Such outages cause very little disruption of their critical operations.

    So… just shut up – the real fundamental reason for such outages is YOU – who vote for “radical left kooks” who create these problems!

  37. Talnik says:

    Sierra Club brags they stopped construction of over 100 power plants. It’s fund-raising for them; it also sends our industrial capacity overseas. Get used to it.

  38. Ellis says:

    Oncor is a company of thieves. They have no problem raising rates yet they can’t seem to maintain their production apacity and safeguard against inclement weather. Give us a break: TX always has cold snaps and hell fire heat. It shouldn’t catch Oncor off guard. Bunch of losers.

    1. Mike says:

      Oncor has zero production capacity. They are a transmission and distribution company. Agree about their rates.

  39. texas ranger says:

    Would someone please post Laura Miller’s number so we can
    all call and thank her for the rolling blackouts. Directly related to
    her and her cronies blocking the coal fired plants. Elect liberal
    socialist like her and Bill White and this is the result.
    20 nice new nuclear plants and this would never happen.

    1. corn says:

      Here is her number 1-800-Damocrat

  40. Julius says:

    Hospitals contribute nothing to our consumer society.
    The Cowboy Stadium, however makes a great deal of money for the society
    and generates hope and dreams as that money circulates and creates prosperity. This is America and money is king!

  41. Joe D says:

    It is reported that TX has almost 20 million registered automobiles. Can you imagine how much worse the power shortage would be if there were 20 million electric cars plugged into the grid?

    1. Brutus Beefcake says:

      Unfortunately these Utility executives have said REPEATEDLY that they have plenty of power for the upcoming surge in EV sales.

      Yeah right, until the government regulators and utility executives totally eliminate Rolling Blackouts they need to STFU and DO THEIR JOB !

      If I had the power (pun intended) I would have already fired many government officials and brought criminal and civil litigation against hundreds of employees working for private utility companies. This cannot stand !

      Do you realize that Texas now relies on a THIRD WORLD country to help supply its power needs !


      P.S. Even more outrageous when you consider how much they have jacked up rates since G.W. Bush deregulated most of the power industry in Texas.

      1. Mike says:

        Brutus, Texas’ 18 million cell/smartphones charge each night and require orders of magnitude more electricity than a few thousand electric cars we might get over the next few years. They are and will be a non issue for the grid for the next 4-5 years. As for deregulated electricity rates, they’ve come way down, benefitting from TX’ own increase in nat gas drilling and dropping rates. Just switched and locked in 7.0cents rate for 6mos w/Reliant. Was 11.5c a couple yrs ago.

  42. jim says:

    I am in the backup power business. Hospitals do not lose power to critical areas unless their UPS system and their Generator sytem fails. I smell a hospital administrator who went cheap on his UPS and Generator budjet and got burned.

    1. Studley Doright says:

      I am sure funding for backup power is way down the list in priorities, certainly behind any executive raises and bonuses you can be sure.

    2. freeman says:

      Tell that to the family of the new premature infant who has to be taken away from her mother and put in the nursery and fed an artificaly food (formula) because the hospital room is 60 degrees.

      People like who who think decisions can all be made at the top and create a utopia with no adverse conditions are dangerous. Its the liberal disease.

  43. Felicia says:

    I wonder if the power went off at Rick Perry’s house?

    1. Bocephus Williams says:

      I have it on good authority that Rick’s compound has been fully plugged in to recent power situation and have been quite toasty the last few days as they brainstorm ways to make a run for the White House and how to better combat the evil EPA !
      They on on it.

  44. Dr. Michael Houck says:

    They did this in Houston when I lived there in the 80’s during a hard freeze. Rolling blackouts turned off the power at Del Oro medical center right near the hospital district, however the back generators were all frozen because the pipes in the basment busted and they had no backup. So all the patients who were on ventilators immediately were in trouble. I was a perfusionist at the time running the heart lung machine and I thank God that we weren’t on the heart lung machine at the time or results would have been devastating.

  45. Thomas says:

    Great job explaining what Oncor is.

  46. ExSophus says:

    The better question to ask is WHY it took MINUTES for the hospital backup systems to come up.

    I was responsible for disaster recovery for IT services for a major corporation and our backup gas-micro-turbine systems AUTOMATICALLY started virtually instantaneously and that was 10 years ago. It’s my understanding most hospitals also use micro-turbine backup systems.

    I would also hope that absolutely critical systems have Uninterruptible Power Supplies (medical equipment and computers) and that there is a regular test and maintenance program in place.

    If the hospital doesn’t do these things, then in my opinion someone should be FIRED and replaced with a competent disaster recovery planner.

    1. corn says:

      What about the Rest Homes too?

  47. Justin says:

    These places have to stay running above sports and above all else.

  48. sporty says:

    Yesterday, I was wondering why rolling blackouts were necessary. Did some checking with friends in the energy business. The story I heard was that the energy companies sold a lot of power to the northeast at a fat profit. Not enough energy left for Texas residents.

  49. Wayne says:

    Hospitals should be like data centers, with room size UPS battery backup units that take over in a few nano-seconds. The hospital equipment would keep running uninterrupted. Backup generators are a good second line of defense, but primarily UPS units are the way to go. Depending on how long the outage is, UPS units would give time to get the generators cranked up and running without a 15 minute lag in power. Hospital CEO’s need to think out of the box!

  50. Jane says:

    Cutting off power to hospitals on purpose is simply unconscionable. Yes, hospitals DO have generators, biut making the jump from the usual power source to the generator back-up can wreak havoc with all manner of medical equipment–dialysis machines, laboratory instrumentation, medication pumps, etc. I worked at a 600 bed hospital in Portland, Oregon when the electrical substation across the street was struck by lightening. We switched to generator power, and the generators were overwhelmed and quit. We were then down to battery power, and there’s only a limited number of outlets (“dedicated outlets”) that are connected to the batteries. People in ICU on ventilators had to be hand-bagged for the 45 minutes it took to restore power; surgeries in progress were finished hastily, some by flashlight. I worked in the Blood Bank; that’s when we found out the hard way that none of the Blood Bank refrigerators/freezers were hooked to dedicated lines. Had the outage gone on for hours, we would have had to have packed up all that blood, plasme, cryoprecipitate, and platelets and sent them back to the Red Cross–quite difficult if there’s no functioning ice machines to provide the coolant for the packed red cells, and certainly no dry ice for the plasma and cryo. Whoever thoughtlessly let this happen should be fired.

    1. ExSophus says:

      If your generators were “overwhelmeed and quit” then again your disaster recovery planning and IT personnel should have been FIRED and replaced with competent personnel. The backup systems should have been regularly tested and maintained and any deficiencies discovered and addressed BEFORE the real thing happened.

      There is no excuse except perhaps budget limitations these days for a critical resource to have an negative impact due to primary power failure. Even then, budget limitations should be examined for inappropriate prioritization (for example, cosmetic updates or CEO raises/bonuses vs. emergency preparedness. If you have to, put off computer system upgrades in favor of emergency preparedness). BTW, no executive/board member should have received any bonus compensation that year when something like that happens…it’s inexcusable.

      It is expensive? Yes. Can it be done incrementaly? Yes. At the very least start planning and budgeting for emergency conditions. ID and prioritize critical elements.

  51. HT says:

    yes they do have generators, but when the power goes down, everything still has to reboot and switch to the backup system, that takes time, and when you have a patient in the cathlab getting his heart operated on, 15, 20, 30 seconds of loss of power could kill him…..yet Jerry Jones and his stadium havnt had one power outage….what a sick pathetic world we live in

    1. ExSophus says:

      There is no excuse for any OR or emergency unit built or upgraded within the past 20 years to not be outfitted with an Uninterruptible Power Supply system that will for a few interim moments power the critical systems in those areas until the backup generators can come on-line during an unplanned primary power interruption.

      And as I mentioned in an earlier post, it shouldn’t take “minutes” for a backup generator system to come on-line to take-over from the UPS systems. Those days are long gone. It should be seconds at the most to get stable sustained power to critical systems/rooms.

  52. Brutus Beefcake says:

    Sorry Oncor but you clowns have had YEARS and YEARS to plan for this. Exactly what are you executives doing all day long besides watching your wallets fatten to outrageous proportions ?

  53. Htos1 says:

    It’s time to declare dimocrats and greenies the danger to national security they are.Nobody is going to care until the nuke goes off in our cities.Hopefully,it will be in D.C. and then the dims and their their plantation slaves will finally get a clue.And we’ll get rid of all unconstitutional gov’t unions too.We need a purification by fire,leaving only gold.

    1. corn says:

      You”re to critical…Just send Obama back to Kenya where he was born!

      1. Amirite Orwhat says:

        I thought he was born in Indonesia, at least that what it said on his application when he went to school their during his youth !

        Also why does Obama have a SSN number from Connecticut, having never even been to the state prior ? This is extremely unusual to say the least.

      2. DallasAli says:

        You r an idiot!!!! Get over it moron. This is an energy conversation… The birther bus drove off the bridge to nowhere months ago.

  54. DHD says:

    Aren’t hospitals privately owned? Don’t they also have the ability to prepare for any power outage.
    The stadium was built on multiple power grids so that in the event of a black out they would not lose power because the other grids would kick in.
    Seems to me that this is something the hospitals should also have done.
    Don’t get me wrong, I think they should have been notified of the blackouts or been excluded all together. However you cannot fault the super bowl represenative for making a request to limit the amount of disruption.
    He’s not the one that made the final decision from Oncor, ERCOT, Reliant, etc..

    1. T. Aikman says:

      I was unaware that their are MULTIPLE GRIDS in Texas.

      I have always been under the assumption that Texas has only ONE statewide grid and this grid is NOT connected to the U.S. National Grid, hence the reason that Texas relied on Mexico (a third world country) to supply additional power needs.

      This news has gone GLOBAL after appearing on the Drudge website and Texas is now a WORLDWIDE JOKE ! (this should be very very embarrasing and humiliating to all Texans)

      1. DHD says:

        I believe what is meant by different power grids is the way a neighborhood is sectioned out so that all power is not lost at the same time during outages.
        “Oncor is among the utility companies which are implementing rolling blackouts. Company spokeswoman Megan Wright said that public safety is crucial. “The Central Business District in Dallas has multiple high rises where there could be lots of people,” Wright explained. “If they lose power, it could be a bad safety situation.”

        But there is another, unavoidable reason that Cowboys Stadium will not experience a blackout. That venue sits on multiple power grids. If one goes out, another flips on seamlessly, without any interruption to power. So, although one grid might see a blackout, the rolling outage process ensures that the stadium is always receiving power from another grid.

        Downtown Dallas and Fort Worth are also on multiple, redundant power grids.

        According to Oncor, businesses and residents can pay extra money to be on multiple power grids, but it could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars for the infrastructure to be set up. And even then, technically, rolling blackouts could still be possible to those people.”

      2. Mike says:

        Troy, you should probably stick to commenting on the football grid. The ERCOT grid covers 22M users or nearly 85% of all Texans. It’s connected to neighboring grids for power sharing, including our neighbors South of the border. Similar setup as the grids in the Midwest and Northeast connect to Canada. Recall the 2003 cascading blackout that also took down parts of Canada? At least TX implemented rolling outages to avoid a cascading outage across the grid because 12% of supply went offline unexpectedly.

  55. Bob says:

    ONCOR is liable for shutting down nursing homes in Grand Prairie for 13 HOURS yesterday and endangering lives, versus a contract that the cities have with the NFL. The 15 minute outages were not for everyone. These contracts have forced the cities to use Gestapo tactics to also pressure newspapers, radio stations, and TV stations to suppress actual incidents like this one. What does this remind you of?

    We are Texans, and when they mess with the old and infirm, we get upset.

    I see lawsuits coming thanks to everyone bowing to Jerry Jones antics.

    1. corn says:

      Amen, and Amen

  56. Ken May says:

    North American Electric Reliability Corporation Board of Trustees

  57. gary says:

    those poor hospitals ! to bad they can’t afford generators with the billions of dollars in profits they make each year

    1. General Washington says:

      Many of those billions go directly to illegal Immigrant care including 60+ daily illegal births fully funded by Parkland DAILY at thousands of dollars a pop.

      Hundreds of Doctors throughout the D/FW suburbs routinely advise their illegals to get all their “testing” (i.e. xrays, mri, blood) done at Parkland or JPS at no cost to them since the Taxpayer will fund it indirectly and then their local doctor will use these test for local treatment option.

      You can see how these expenses quickly add up to Billions nationwide and don’t even get me started about all the totally free education that illegals get here which makes healthcare look like small potatoes.

      There is no doubt in my mind that illegals have induced a severe drain on local economies throughout this nation and we just cannot afford them anymore. They need to go back to their homeland and take their anchor babies with them. It would be much cheaper if the Government just paid for a one-way ticket home for everyone of those 32+ million illegals (not counting all the anchor babies)!

      BTW, I am not against immigration as long as it is legal and regulated with reasonable limits.

  58. TER says:

    According to the Oncor spokeswomen, Catherine Cuellar, Oncor is in the process of refining their processes. Rather than refine them, I recommend that you overhaul your processes, because your current processes and the myriad of problems that were created from their implementation are either borderline negligent and/or those persons executing them were incompetent. No matter, an overhaul is required of not only those processes, but also persons responsible for implementing those processes.

    1. Reginald Wintworth IV says:

      Right On Bro, you are totally correct THE SYSTEM IS BROKE and no “refining” will fix it.
      They need a completely NEW competent system in place and FULLY TESTED ASAP.
      There just is no excuse for this, none whatsoever. Remember this is their FULL-TIME JOB, what else are these people doing all day long.

  59. Zack Lee Wright says:

    Texas Stadium is the Crown Jewel of Texas. If there is an 8th wonder of the world it is right here in Arlington. WE MUST PROTECT AND CHERISH OUR CROWN JEWEL AT ALL COSTS !

    God Bless Jerry Jones.

    Note to Laura Miller (former Mayor of Dallas) and the corrupt Dallas City Council:
    You people should all be behind bars after you caused Dallas to lose the stadium and along with it BILLIONS OF DOLLARS in lost revenue for the City of Dallas. YOU ARE CRIMINALS !!!

  60. Comrade Obama says:

    i’m doing it to …. oops I mean for the people.

  61. Corporate Malfeasance says:

    I see mismanagement in the Backup Power industry all the time. Typically some executive decides to buy some diesel generators and big batteries because of some tax incentives or rebates but FAILS to put correct maintenance and test schedule in place.
    It is one thing to buy a backup generator and quite another to have an adequate system in place to fully test and re-evaluate its effectiveness on a recurring basis.
    Failure of Backup Systems rest squarely on management and they must be held responsible for any failures.

    TEST TEST TEST so when the critical time happens you are READY !
    This is a never-ending process.

    BTW I have seen Credit Card Processing Centers, Computer Data Centers and some banks with absolutely horrific backup power plans in place that resulted in Catastrophic Failure. It is no surprise to me that a Hospital would have poor backup plan as well.

    The bottom line is that Corporate Management needs to be held accountable. via demotion, paycut or termination,. This is the only way to stop it from happening again. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

  62. kramer says:

    Texas has a very large wind farm power system Why would they have issues with power? Did they freeze up? Was there no wind?

    I hope an ethical journalist looks into the true cause of this and accurately reports it…

    1. Wind Powa says:

      Yeah we got plenty of wind farms and the wind has been howling during this cold snap. The only problem is most of the Wind Turbines are in West Texas and most of the People are in Central and East Texas, so they have a severe lack of POWER LINES necessary to transport all that wind power to the correct location !
      This will cost hundreds of millions of dollars and nobody has come up with the jack to do this properly yet.
      Because of this power transmission problem many wind generator plans have been put on hold or abandoned in Texas !

    2. Mike says:

      “Wind energy played a major role in keeping the blackouts from becoming more severe. Between 5 and 7 A.M. this morning (the peak of the electricity shortage) wind farm power was providing between 3,500 and 4,000 MW, roughly the amount it had been forecast and scheduled to provide. That is about 7% of the state’s total electricity demand at that time, or enough for about 3 million average homes.”

  63. Mark Carlton says:

    Hospitals are better equippped that just about any other facility to ride out power failures. Still, intentionally and unnecessarilycutting power to a hospital doesn’t seem like the brightest move.

    1. Three Phase Power says:

      Nobody ever accused the power industry of having the brightest people. Most are not the sharpest tools in the shed if you know what I mean. Quite a few of the industry executives I have met are a sandwich short of a picnic and the others are a fry short of a happy meal.
      Point is we are dealing with dunderheads here !
      These peoples are dumber than a box of rocks. Get the point ?

  64. Vivienne Armstrong says:

    Hospitals were supposed to be exempt for years. If Oncor cannot exempt the hospitals correctly, then what happened to all those home care patients dependent on respirators and other lifesaving equipment that are also supposed to be exempt when registered with Oncor?

  65. John R Schuh says:


    Fact is that, for some reason, competition has not occured. It is not deregulation (ie.price-fixing) that is the problem but that an informal monopoly remains in place. There is a ruling class in Texas just as there is everywhere else.

  66. Nivek says:

    Parkland Hospital losing power while Cowboys Stadium had power has nothing to do with the Super Bowel (sic) being held there on Sunday. Cowboys Stadium gets its electricity solely from the most powerful entity in North America: the aura of Jerry Jones Ego. Shine on, Jerry!

  67. Simple Fix says:

    Hospital administrators need to point fingers at their disaster prepardness planners. UPS battery banks and other systems (fly wheel) have been around for years. They supply enough power to as many critical circuits as one needs to allow time for emergency generators to come on line. The administrtors also need to chose an appropriate generator. Backup generators that take minutes to come online do not belong anywhere near emergency services. Our building generator starts suppling in under 5 seconds.

    This is not a perfect world. It is highly unreasonable to think grid power will never fail. A contractor performing street maintenance can inadverdantly put a hospital in the dark. Just a single squirrel has taken out power to entire neighboorhoods.

    This winter has been a learning experience for everyone. Let’s take this opprotunity to shore up our short commings, be more self reliant, and quit blaming others.

  68. Ed F. says:

    Texas partially deregulated and now has the worst combination of government meddling and predatory business practices. You can also thank environmental extremism for the reduction of utilities reserve margins from about 20% to about 5%.

  69. Generator says:

    What hospital doesn’t have backup power??

  70. LastOneStanding says:

    We need to move the game to Green Bay. I’m ready for the game.

  71. LastOneStanding says:

    Option 1: Game moved to noon kickoff so NFL can see the light of day.

    Option 2: Game moved to Green Bay for second ice bowl game-forward trophy in advance. (joking)

  72. Coach Landry says:

    I have come down from the heavens to cast SHAME on those who have caused the man-made crisis. This could have been avoided had the proper decisions been made a long time ago. For one reason or another many wrong decisions where made and we are now paying the price. The really sad part is this will happen again and once again the perpetrators will escape blame and punishment. So sad and SHAME ON YOU (and you know who you are) and may i never meet you.

  73. Gonzo Leboutier says:

    Every hospital should have a UPS (uninterrupted power supply) that allows for days of power during an outage). Shame on the irresponsible administrators for not planning like every decent medical facility in the past 30 years has learned to sustain. Hell – most significant non-lifesaving money making entities have said equipment on hand. Embarrassing. Don’t blame the city for your recklessness and incompetence.

  74. Bill says:

    During my 40 years as a utility engineer, all companies have underfrequency load shedding that takes place autimaticalky when the frequency drops below 60 cycles. this normally occurs when power generators cannot supp;y sufficient power to customers. The ckts that have critical customers are not opened. the real problem with rolling blackouts is that people remote from local utilities determine that they want blocks of power dropped, this decision made by a power pool administrator. they then tell each utility to drop load and unless the dispatchers know what circuits have critical customers and most dont , they just dump load at substations with no regard for any customers.Normally a power pool will give notice to utilities and the media to warn customers of problems. Someone dropped the ball.

  75. Mike says:

    I’m surprised they do not have their critical equipment(heart monitors etc.) on UPS system instead of just back up Gen sets. If patient care is the top priority this is the wake up call to install a proper UPS system.

  76. BSBob says:

    What??? Parkland had to…wait…for…service???

  77. Paul Mason says:

    Here at the Adobe Springs, my emergency generator (propane powered), comes on automatically within 10 seconds. How come the hospitals aren’t doing what I’m doing? I’m using a Kohler 18 KW propane generator, to provide enough magnesium-rich mineral water to fill 450 Million half-liter bottles per annum.

  78. EB says:

    The writer forgot to mention to everyone here that the FBI and Homeland Security requested an exemption due to security reasons within the stadium. But, the hospital/patients should not be jeopordized either, so that doesn’t excuse a failure on Oncor’s part on that fact.

  79. Eyeball says:

    In Texas the last nuke plant was built in 1988. the last coal-fired plant was built in 1992. Governor Rick Perry is turning Texas into another California.

  80. OkieJerry says:

    The hospitals have backup generators. Still, a temporary power interruption causes problems, some of them perhaps life threatening. So why not implement a system whereby the power company can signal that a rolling blackout is coming so the hospitals can switch to backup power BEFORE the electricity goes out? That way there would be no disruption of critical services yet the power company could still prevent catastrophic failure of its generation and transmission facilities caused by overload.

  81. dee says:

    we were without power in our house for 14 hours–cold, old, and ready to fold. hospitals were put on rollover outages of from 15 to 30 minutes each. but super bowl parties and stadium tours have no fear. jerry jones is here. today, because of the iced streets that plague the rest of us, jerry took his helicopter to the stadium activities.

    arllington, tx, is the home of jerry’s world and the super bowl. dallas taxpayers turned down the privilege of paying for the massive lunacy.

  82. dee says:

    simple solution: play the super bowl every year in the same warm climate, perhaps miami. all teams can contribute to the upkeep of an appropriate stadium. and profits can be prorated among all the teams, with a larger percentage going to the playing teams. it’s a game; a silly one at that. is disneyworld moved from city to city each year. and sell tickets via a drawing from all interested applicants at set prices.

  83. dee says:

    as a dallas native, i am proud that jerry’s world and the super bowl are in arlington, tx. unfortunately dallas gets much of the runoff, but, at least, the attendees have to go to arlington for the actual game. and the spectacle fits arlington, which already has the texas rangers, the wax museum, seaworld, and six flags. arlington is the dumping ground of middle-class entertainment venues for the cities of dallas and ft. worth, and the residents there are, apparently, proud of it.

  84. Daee m says:

    Here is why there are blackouts

  85. Cali says:

    Come to think of it, Maybe I will stay in CA.
    I will take the weather and illegals over no electricity. Man, what is going on over there? More debt than CA too?
    Texas is one of the greatest states, someone needs to get it together!

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