Residents in Tennessee were furious at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) on Sunday as the state suffered in a deep freeze and people were left cold on Christmas Day replete with rolling blackouts while the NFL’s Titans game against Houston was granted full power usage.
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The temperature in Nashville on Sunday ranged from 16 to 30 degrees. The cold air put a significant strain on the TVA’s power grid and in response, the power authority implemented rolling blackouts in Memphis and Nashville. The Nashville Electric System (NES) also mandated reductions in power consumption just when it was needed most to keep residents warm. Over a million residents were told to limit the power they used to stay warm in freezing temps while millionaires cavorted on a football field for a billion-dollar enterprise.
The NFL allegedly got preferential treatment on power usage and was allowed to fully tap into mega-wattage for the game at Nissan Stadium. While a million residents shivered in their homes, 66,634 attendees luxuriated in buying tickets to a football game.
“I’ve been informed that TVA’s unilateral rolling blackouts will continue,” Nashville Mayor John Cooper said after requesting that the game be postponed. “All non-essential businesses should reduce power usage. I’ve asked the Titans to postpone their noon game in solidarity with our neighbors. TVA needs to invest in infrastructure to withstand extreme temps.”
Due to continued unprecedented cold temps resulting in high power demand, TVA has directed local power companies to reduce load. Planned intermittent interruptions support system reliability. We appreciate everyone's patience and support as we manage this unprecedented demand. pic.twitter.com/gw5t2GMcLo
— Tennessee Valley Authority (@TVAnews) December 24, 2022
Memphis is under a mandatory rolling blackout and boil water advisory. Meanwhile, TVA is allowing the NFL to fully power Nissan Stadium in Nashville. Story below. #poweroutage #Titans #TVA #MLGW #Memphis
— KWAM NewsTalk Memphis (@Mighty990KWAM) December 24, 2022
#NOW: @JohnCooper4Nash's @Titans stadium remains fully lit at 5:34 AM as @NESpower begins rolling black-outs for residents across the city due to power demand / @freddieoconnell @brettawithers @Bentonmcdesq #MetroCouncil #ScoopNashville pic.twitter.com/mAtM4xWvwu
— Scoop: Nashville (@scoopnash) December 24, 2022
The NFL arrogantly ignored Cooper and those left out in the cold although they did move the game from Saturday to Sunday which did nothing to help those with no power.
Twitter lit up with Tennesseeans who were extremely angry at the TVA’s kowtowing to the NFL and the obvious disdain for the masses.
One resident demanded the Titans cancel its game and consider the health and safety of citizens. Others were even hotter under the collar over the issue.
The most astute observation came via one social media user who pointed out a salient fact, “Four Biden appointees just confirmed and appointed to the TVA. Rolling blackouts in 7 states. What a coincidence.”
Four Biden appointees just confirmed and appointed to the TVA. Rolling blackouts in 7 states. What a coincidence.
— OptimisticWreck (@OptimisticReck) December 24, 2022
The whole incident looks really bad for Tennessee and the NFL. Treating potential fans as peasants while you carry on with a football game in a new stadium as they huddle in the cold is something that tends to bring to mind torches and pitchforks.
Residents expressed their outrage at TVA, the NFL, President Biden, and Democrats over the power outages:
It is 20° in Memphis, TN & we are stuck in what is now a 6 hour "rolling blackout"… on Christmas Eve.
Because of left-wing "climate change" lies & hysteria, necessary nat gas infrastructure needed to keep the power on hasn't been built.
Fuck Democrats & their climate change.
— H. F. (@MayBeHunterF) December 24, 2022
This is ridiculous. We have no electric or heat in #Tennessee with these intentional rolling blackouts for Christmas. Your energy policies are destructive and harmful for the American people. Are your lights out Joe? Do you have heat?
— Code of Vets ™ (@codeofvets) December 24, 2022
Yes and while we freeze we have to pay for the Titans new billion dollar stadium ♀️♀️
— Tiffany 111 (@Tiffany36507169) December 24, 2022
Example of life-threatening energy policy failures:
Politicians are moving us to electric vehicles when obviously we can’t even serve current electrical demands. Thus putting people’s lives at risk and making us look like a 3rd world country.
— Deplorable Michael ⭕️↩️ (@LeoLionMAGA) December 26, 2022
why arent you instructing customers like @NESpower to categorize commercial vs residential, and prioritize rolling blackouts to empty conmercial buildings at 6am on a saturday (christmas eve too) instead of occupied family homes? Are you able to write software with filters???
— Gabe (@Gabester615) December 24, 2022
TVA can’t handle less than 48 hours of 0° weather? How hard is it to figure the load capacity and have the generation capabilities to spool up to meet demand? The EXACT same load was in 2010 with no blackouts. This needs to be investigated @MarshaBlackburn @BillLeeTN
— Alan Ward (@realistic_view) December 24, 2022
Couldn’t it be argued that when power DOES kick back on (for those that do), residents end up reheating their homes, thus causing EVERYONE to use MAXIMUM power? Instead of just leaving the power on, and the homes intermittently warm up as they need? ♂️
— Brenton Miles (@brentonmiles) December 24, 2022
So maybe we learn from this and not close down our power plants?
— Tyler Justice (@Wildcats724) December 24, 2022
Why can’t you meet the demand TVA? Is it because of the shutdown of those dirty coal plants? All time demand of 31,484 MW on 12/14/2010 and yesterday’s demand was 31,500? I don’t recall any load reductions in 2010?
— Jeff Edwards (@weej_eddy) December 24, 2022
#TVA must be held accountable for these intentional blackouts – cutting power to vulnerable families at critical times due to TVA’s lack of preparedness.
— Tollie Williams ☧ (@tollie) December 24, 2022
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