Texas Energy Crisis
As many have already pointed out, Texas produces anywhere from 16% to 23% of it’s energy through wind turbines that are failing in the extreme cold weather, but there are also problems with the delivery of natural gas (40 – 50%). The systemic failure stems from a lack of gas storage combined with infrastructure that isn’t designed to operate in such low temperatures and residential customers increased demand has created a domino effect of failures. One could point out that coal power(18–20%) was more reliable, but tax incentives from renewables and lower carbon emissions made them more desirable.
Buried in the “green energy in not to blame” narrative, is this line:
Renewable sources, meanwhile, accounted for around 16,000 megawatts of the power that was offline. Wind energy in particular was responsible for less than 13 percent—between 3,600 to 4,500 megawatts—of the total outages, Woodfin said, according to Bloomberg.
The dubious claim doesn’t take into account that “renewable energy” typically produces 7% (6 gigawatts) of energy during winter from it’s average of somewhere around 20% for the year. Imagine having any other piece of infrastructure with such an extreme range of service. Furthermore, in order to make that kind of system functional, you need alternative power sources that can fluctuate their output to compensate – which is best done through natural gas generating stations. So yes, the quest for renewable energy did contribute to the system that failed.
Now, lets have an adult conversation about nuclear energy: