Henry B. Eyeroll
Date: February 19, 2021 10:18PM
No, that's not at all what happened.
"Frozen wind turbines in Texas caused some conservative state politicians to declare Tuesday that the state was relying too much on renewable energy. But in reality, the wind power was expected to make up only a fraction of what the state had planned for during the winter. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas projected that 80% of the grid's winter capacity, or 67 gigawatts, could be generated by natural gas, coal and some nuclear power."
"It’s estimated that of the grid's total winter capacity, about 80% of it, or 67 gigawatts, could be generated by natural gas, coal and some nuclear power. Only 7% of ERCOT's forecasted winter capacity, or 6 gigawatts, was expected to come from various wind power sources across the state."https://www.texastribune.org/2021/02/16/texas-wind-turbines-frozen/
>>"Of course the green lobby always and forever have prognosticated that it will forever get warmer, that wind levels will rise forever and thus both solar panels and wind will forevermore continue to yield more and more useful energy."
Total BS. The "green lobby" has never said that wind levels will rise forever. And a warming planet has never precluded cold winter weather.
>>"All of that got debunked this week. Texas is seeing wind chills in negative numbers along with single digit or below temperatures. That plus moisture equals ice, and windmill blades are wings and not only suffer the same problem an airplane wing does when it gets loaded in addition they go out of balance and thus the windmill has to be shut down lest it destroy itself. At the same time ice and snow cover solar panels and reduce their output to an effective zero."
Turbines can be winterized, as they are in (for example) Canada. De-icing and heating solve the problem. Texas didn't do that.
"While wind power skeptics claimed the week's freeze means wind power can't be relied upon, wind turbines — like natural gas plants — can be 'winterized,' or modified to operate during very low temperatures. Experts say that many of Texas' power generators have not made those investments necessary to prevent disruptions to equipment since the state does not regularly experience extreme winter storms."
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This is tiresome. I'm done with it. Concerned Citizen, I did my part and read the PDF. You do your part now. You owe EOD a discussion on Disney Channel programming.