Like California, Texas went all-in for big wind turbine farms. And like California, Texas is beginning to suffer the high prices, low reliability, and blackouts that California has been living with ever since it jumped into the green energy swamp.
Large swaths of Dallas, Houston and other cities are being plunged into darkness for an hour at a time — and in some cases longer — as surging demand for heat pushes the state’s power grid to the brink. Outages are expected to continue into early Tuesday, grid operators said during a briefing Monday.
“Every grid operator and every electric company is fighting to restore power right now,” said Bill Magness, head of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which runs the state’s grid.
The average spot price for power across the Texas grid hit the state’s $9,000 per megawatt-hour price cap shortly after 9:30 a.m. CT.Dallas News
In a state that is swimming with natural gas and oil, a political overdependence on big wind turbines is putting Texas power consumers at peril. When a state shuts down its nuclear power and coal plants on the fraudulent promise of cheap unlimited power from wind and solar, it is a cold harsh February awakening to learn that normal weather fluctuations can shut down wind and solar in a heartbeat.
If there’s one thing you would think Texas would be able to do, it’s keep the lights on. Most electricity comes from natural gas and Texas produces more of that than any place on the continent. There are huge natural gas deposits all over the state. Running out of energy in Texas is like starving to death at the grocery store: You can only do it on purpose, and Texas did.
Rather than celebrate and benefit from their state’s vast natural resources, politicians took the fashionable route and became recklessly reliant on so-called alternative energy, meaning windmills. Fifteen years ago, there were virtually no wind farms in Texas. Last year, roughly a quarter of all electricity generated in the state came from wind. Local politicians were pleased by this. They bragged about it like there was something virtuous about destroying the landscape and degrading the power grid. Just last week, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott proudly accepted something called the Wind Leadership Award, given with gratitude by Tri Global Energy, a company getting rich from green energy.
So it was all working great until the day it got cold outside. The windmills failed like the silly fashion accessories they are, and people in Texas died.Fox News as quoted in Townhall.com
The power grid is a high-risk balancing act. Customers are constantly switching power loads on and off in a quasi-random and essentially unpredictable pattern. Utility engineers who match power generation with power demand must be able to reliably call upon electricity supplies at a moment’s notice. When the electricity supply is so fragile that it cannot be relied upon, the entire grid can crash. That is what is happening at an increasing rate in California, Texas, South Australia, Germany, and any other politically trendy but technologically ignorant jurisdictions.
A map from poweroutage.us is showing the scope of power outages in Texas shows that about 75% of the state is experiencing power outages in varying percentages with a significant portion having no power at all.Over-Reliance on Wind Screws Texas Again
Wind turbines may freeze in bitterly cold weather, reducing efficiency, and the blades can ultimately stop spinning.
A mix of freezing temperatures and precipitation is paralyzing wind farms in Texas. That would be devastating for power plants with contracts to provide a certain amount of electricity at specific times if they need to instead buy it on the spot market to meet their obligations. At the moment, that power is exceedingly expensive. __ The Future of Power Under Green New Deal
It is said that the effect on power grid control of overreliance on wind & solar is the equivalent of throwing live hand grenades into a power grid control room while engineers are scrambling to match unreliable intermittent supplies with fluctuating demand.
You don’t have to be an idiot to buy into intermittent green energy schemes. It helps, but the main problem is widespread public ignorance, largely due to a dumbed-down media, a dumbed down government, and a dumbed down educational system that fails to teach kids to think for themselves and dig for the evidence beyond the obfuscation, smoke screens, and ideological indoctrination.