May 14, 2022
Texans asked to turn up thermostats after sweltering heat knocks six power plants offline
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(CNN)With an early-season heat wave searing much of Texas over the weekend, the nonprofit that manages power to more than 26 million customers wants them to turn up their thermostats.The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) made the appeal in a statement Friday, saying that soaring temperatures increased demand and caused six power generation facilities to trip offline. That resulted in the loss of about 2,900 megawatts of electricity."We're asking Texans to conserve power when they can by setting their thermostats to 78-degrees or above and avoiding the usage of large appliances (such as dishwashers, washers and dryers) during peak hours between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. through the weekend," interim CEO Brad Jones said in the statement. pRecord high temperatures this weekend are difficult for our firefightersThe appeal comes as record temperatures across most of the southern US this weekend are expected to worsen a deepening drought. From Phoenix to Amarillo, Texas, record temperatures are expected to reach triple digits, with a chance for some parts of Texas to break daily records over the next seven days.Read MoreERCOT came under scrutiny last year after record cold temperatures in February caused the state's highest electricity demand and more than 200 people died during the power crisis, with the most common cause of death being hypothermia.In March 2021, ERCOT's president and CEO, Bill Magness, was fired following widespread power outages during a series of winter storms that left many Texas residents in the dark for days.Now the heat is testing Texas' power grid. On Wednesday, ERCOT asked power plants to postpone outages and return from outages already in progress "to serve Texans this weekend."Mother Nature cooks up a historic heat wave for Mothers Day weekendTemperatures Saturday were to be in the 90s across all of Texas -- 10 to 15 degrees above average, according to CNN meteorologists. Temperatures from the mid-90s to the low 100s are expected on Sunday, with much of central and western Texas reaching 100 to 105 degrees -- approximately 10 to 15 degrees above average.ERCOT accounts for about 90% of the state's electric load, according to a statement from the organization.The unseasonably hot weather is driving record demand across the state, the statement said.
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Raiders Sign Tall Former Bills, Texans WR
Getty Jordan Veasy (right) with Colin Kaepernick and Brice Butler.
When the Las Vegas Raiders traded Bryan Edwards to the Atlanta Falcons, they lost a lot of size at wide receiver. Mack Hollins was the only wide receiver left who was over 6-foot-1. The team has two good pass-catching tight ends with plenty of size in Darren Waller and Foster Moreau so it shouldn’t be much of an issue but they’ve decided to add some more size at wide receiver.
OSMG announced that wide receiver Jordan Veasy has struck a deal with the Raiders.
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— OSMG_LLC (@OSMG_LLC) May 20, 2022
At 6-foot-3, 221 pounds, Veasy certainly replaces some of the size that Edwards took with him to Atlanta. Veasy first came into the NFL as an undrafted free agent of the Tennessee Titans. He has bounced around the league having stints with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Indianapolis Colts, Pittsburgh Steelers, Buffalo Bills and Washington Commanders. He never got a chance to see the field on Sundays for any of those teams but finally got game action last season with the Houston Texans. He played in two games but didn’t make any catches.
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Join Heavy on Raiders!Veasy Has Ties to Colin Kaepernick
Veasy has had a difficult time sticking with a team throughout his career. There was a point where he couldn’t land a roster spot. One thing that helped him was his relationship with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Back in 2019, the polarizing quarterback put together a workout where he was able to show what he can do to NFL teams. He had a few NFL wide receivers join him, including Veasy. Shortly after the workout, Veasy landed a spot with Washington. He credited Kaepernick for helping him get back into the NFL.
“It helped,” Veasy said in 2019, via The Washington Post. “That’s one of the reasons I wanted to be a part of it. Just being a part of the history of it, and I knew it was going to help me.”
Veasy couldn’t stick with Washington but perhaps he can make a name for himself in Las Vegas. His size certainly makes him an interesting option. He’ll have to compete with Hollins to be the Raiders’ big-bodied wide receiver on the roster.Play
WR Jordan Veasy joins Kaepernick's Atlanta workoutThe free-agent wide receiver spoke after the workout about how he got involved and what he thinks about Colin Kaepernick2019-11-17T08:27:12Z Raiders Could Have Fierce Competition at WR
The Raiders recently signed Keelan Cole and he will likely earn a roster spot along with Davante Adams, Hunter Renfrow and Demarcus Robinson. It remains to be seen how many wide receivers the Raiders will keep but if only decide to roll with five, the competition is going to be fierce in training camp.
Veasy will have to battle with players like Hollins, Dillon Stoner, DJ Turner, Tyron Johnson and more. It could shape up into one of the fiercest position battles the Raiders have in training camp. The team has to be excited about this as they already have one of the best wide duos in Renfrow and Adams. The wide receiver corps could be quite stacked by the time the season rolls around.
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