The frigid cold air has been blamed for record electric consumption, forcing rolling Blackouts across Texas. However, the major culprit may not be due to the record electricity demand, but rather, frozen wind turbines. While it’s true that Texans are using record levels of electricity to keep warm during extremely cold temperatures, half of the state’s wind turbines are out of service.
If you look at most of the mainstream news about the Texas blackouts, you won’t find much at all about frozen wind turbines. But, according to the Brandon Mulder Austin (Texas) American Statesmen, Frozen wind turbines hamper Texas power output; grid operator says, “Nearly half of Texas’ installed wind power generation capacity has been offline because of frozen wind turbines in West Texas, according to Texas grid operators.”
The article states that “Wind Power” made up only 11% of Texas’s total electric grid power in 2015, but it’s now nearly one-quarter. Thus, Texans are now counting on 23% of their electricity from wind power. That’s fine when the wind is blowing. But, what happens when the wind stops blowing, or the wind turbines freeze?
Because roughly 12,000 MegaWatts of Wind Power is offline, it has put tremendous pressure upon the rest of the grid. That is why natural gas and electricity prices have been spiking to NOSE BLEED LEVELS. According to the Financial Times article, Texas starts blackouts as frigid weather sends power prices surging, the price of Natgas has spiked more than $100 MMBtu from less than $3 MMBtu before the energy crisis hit. Furthermore, electricity rates surged even higher.
I can assure you that if the same record cold temperatures hit texas with only 5-10% of its power in Wind & Solar, there wouldn’t have been rolling blackouts. However, when Texas Wind Power accounts for 23% and Solar 4% of total electric grid capacity, then the supposed RENEWABLE ENERGY can cause complete HAVOC when the wind stops blowing, and the sun stops shining. Although, due to Texas Wind Power consisting of 23% of the state’s electricity generation, it is the WEAKEST LINK.
Yes, indeed, the record cold air will finally leave the state, and electric demand will drop as the wind turbines unfreeze and begin to work again. But, what happens as the state adds even more wind and solar power over the next decade as the NEW GREEN ENERGY policy put forth by the Biden Presidency goes FULL STEAM AHEAD??
The world has no idea what a DISASTER it will face as it ramps up GREEN ENERGY.
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