Texas Power Freeze-Down Demonstrates Political Climate Craziness

Posted: February 22, 2021 by oldbrew in climate, Critique, Energy, government, ideology
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Always remember: “The guaranteed output of wind + sun = 0.”

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By Larry Bell ~

Texas just sent a very chilling message to the rest of the nation about what to expect your life to be like with President Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan AKA, “Green New Deal,” in order to save the planet from overheating.

It seems he’s already overachieving that goal.

An unusual Arctic blast that spread across the state from the tip of the Panhandle all the way to the Rio Grande Valley has left millions of homes and businesses here without electricity.

A series of forced rolling blackouts were required to prevent power grid collapse as single-digit temperatures froze wind turbines and hobbled dozens of power plant operations.

How could this possibly happen here in Texas?

This isn’t supposed to be California, after all, where over-dependence on wind and solar power destabilized the grid during a record 2020 heat wave.

California already leads the nation with the least…

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  1. oldbrew says:

    Texas and California are both experiencing power problems, and ignoring the obvious benefits of having a good store of fossil fuels ready for use at all times is at the root of their troubles.

    https://www.politico.com/news/2021/02/21/texas-california-climate-change-power-grids-470434

  2. Graeme No.3 says:

    ERCOT made a mess of grid reliability by underestimating the reserve of reliable generation needed and not learning from the cold weather 10 years ago, and letting coal fired plants shut down.
    There was little they could do about politicians who think that sun and wind are reliable resources and lavish (other people’s) money subsidising them, and allowing them priority access to the grid, without any backup. Were wind ‘farmers’ forced to guarantee even a fraction of supply at all times there would be a very marked downturn in enthusiasm for new turbines.

  3. Bob Greene says:

    The article doesn’t cover both problems. First was over reliance on wind turbines. The second was not preparing for an almost never low temperature and duration of the low temperature. The second one, IMO, was the more critical.

    I worked in a chemical plant in New Orleans that made the economic decision to insulate hot (like steam), very cold (like liquid ammonia) and intermediate (like 50% NaOH, fp 67F). The rest they left alone. That worked for over 25 years until they got a 10-15F spell of enough duration to shatter water lines and other things. Millions to repair but less millions than keeping up the other insulation. I also worked in a plant in Michigan that played very close attention to cold weather protection.

    I’m sure the solution will be to protect for cold weather they won’t see until the next ice age.

  4. Bob Greene says:

    Backup generation is no good if your lines are down and your backup is frozen solid. There are about 7k residences south of Richmond, VA who are still waiting for the power lines to be replaced from the ice storm a week ago.

    The other solution is widely distributed generation. That can provided local power through distribution lines that are up. My last employer did that a few times because they had small plants in landfills and worked very closely with the grid operator.

  5. E.M.Smith says:

    I live in California. Thanks to Governor Grey “out” Davis a couple of decades back and his destabilized power grid, I own a nice Honda Generator. 1 KW and just enough for emergency use. Expensive, but very nice.

    You can get a Honda for $1200 to $3000 depending on size. I’d likely get a 2 kW now.

    The “Predator” brand from Harbor Freight is a clone (likely made in China… I’d guess) and their 3 kW runs about $900 and it has good reviews. I doubt it would last 20 years like my Honda, OTOH, 4 or 5 years is likely quite enough at that price.

    Figure it, and a 5 gallon can of gas, you can stay comfortable for a week if your furnace is gas. If you are All Electric, it will need more gas…

    Anyone who is ANYWHERE that’s doing “Green Power” or Green New Ripoff Self-Dealing needs to buy their own generator and a big gas can (or a way to drain gas from the car). I’ve lived with Democrat Unstable Power for about 20 years and I now love my Generator… Really I do.

  6. Phoenix44 says:

    Since the politicians refuse to accept that their actions played any part in the problem it will happen again. It’s one thing to make mistakes, a completely different thing to refuse to learn from them and thus repeat them.

  7. Chaswarnertoo says:

    Phoenix 44. Sociopaths cannot learn from error.

  8. oldbrew says:

    Engineers on the make…they hope.

    FIDIC report says $7 trillion a year needed for climate change infrastructure
    23 February 2021

    A report by the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) argues that a minimum of $7 trillion a year should be spent globally to address climate change and aid recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The “Time to $Tn-vest” report warns that if that level of spending is not reached, or is not lowered through innovation, the UN’s sustainable development goals will not be realised and a full economic recovery from Covid-19 may not be reached.

    https://www.globalconstructionreview.com/news/fidic-reports-says-7-trillion-year-needed-climate-/
    – – –
    Time to $Tn-vest
    State of the World

    ‘https://fidic.org/sites/default/files/SOTW_2021_report01_FINAL_0218.pdf’
    – – –
    Sounds more like economic suicide than recovery.

  9. oldbrew says:

    Wind performed worst in Texas freeze…

    FEBRUARY 20, 2021
    WHAT HAPPENED IN TEXAS

    The best explanation of Texas’s prolonged blackout was published by Mitch Rolling yesterday at AmericanExperiment.org. Texas gets electricity from six sources: coal, nuclear, natural gas, solar, hydro and wind. How did those sources perform, and what contributed to the blackout?

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2021/02/what-happened-in-texas.php

  10. hunterson7 says:

    Watching my beloved state prove the corruption and heartlessness and especially the failed magical thinking of the climate kooks is heart breaking.

  11. oldbrew says:

    This report tries to blame ‘extreme weather due to climate change’, but modern energy systems should be able to do a lot better than recent events have shown.

    FEBRUARY 24, 2021
    Experts call for home battery storage to protect vulnerable during outages

    https://techxplore.com/news/2021-02-experts-home-battery-storage-vulnerable.html
    – – –
    In other words, the days of reliable electricity generation are over and people need to get used to it. And they just got a new President who thinks, judging by his energy policies, that ever-increasing unreliability is fine and dandy.

  12. oldbrew says:

    Here’s your Texas electricity bill for the month…

    FEBRUARY 24, 2021
    What’s behind $15,000 electricity bills in Texas?

    About 85% of Texans live in areas with retail competition. They can choose to get electric service from a retail provider rather than staying with the local utility if they believe the retailer offers a better deal.

    https://techxplore.com/news/2021-02-electricity-bills-texas.html
    – – –
    But variable rates can be a killer in an emergency power supply situation.

  13. oldbrew says:

    Data Show Wind Power Messed Up Texas
    1 Day Ago by Ron Clutz

    Yes, with hindsight you can blame Texas for not winter weather proofing fossil fuel supplies as places do in more northern latitudes. But it was over-reliance on wind power that caused the problem and made it intractable. John Peterson explains in his TalkMarkets article How Wind Power Caused The Great Texas Blackout Of 2021.

    https://rclutz.wordpress.com/2021/02/24/data-show-wind-power-messed-up-texas/

    TalkMarkets article:
    https://talkmarkets.com/content/commodities/how-wind-power-caused-the-great-texas-blackout-of-2021?post=298668

  14. oldbrew says:

    Building Back Better Means Blackouts and Fragile Grids
    By Rupert Darwall
    February 26, 2021

    South Australia in 2016; California last year; now, Texas. The recent blackout is a terrible ordeal for Texans but a political disaster for the Biden administration.

    https://www.realclearenergy.org/articles/2021/02/26/building_back_better_means_blackouts_and_fragile_grids_661910.html

  15. Stuart Brown says:

    Jennifer Granholm has been sworn as the 16th US secretary of energy.

    The climate emergency is intensifying, “ravaging” the planet with “cataclysmic” storms, wildfires, droughts and floods that cost billions to clean up, and putting national security at risk, she said.

    “We’re going to have to fix this. It’s on this generation, this administration, you and me, to get climate change under control so that we can protect this planet for our children.”

    “Whether it’s solar, hydropower, carbon capture, or batteries, the clean energy technologies of the future are going to bring you affordable, reliable power, and protect our planet in the process.”

    Granholm made no mention of nuclear power (which provides 55% of the USA’s carbon-free energy) in the article, nor in a video address released to coincide with the swearing-in.

    Oh dear…

    https://www.world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Granholm-becomes-US-Energy-Secretary

  16. oldbrew says:

    Stuart Brown says: February 26, 2021 at 6:26 pm
    Jennifer Granholm has been sworn as the 16th US secretary of energy.

    The climate emergency is intensifying, “ravaging” the planet with “cataclysmic” storms, wildfires, droughts and floods that cost billions to clean up, and putting national security at risk, she said.
    – – –
    Just another Hollywood climate scenarios blowhard 🥱

  17. Stuart Brown says:

    OB “Just another Hollywood climate scenarios blowhard” Yes, but they put her in charge!

    On the other hand https://www.ans.org/news/article-2668/manchin-voices-strong-support-for-nuclear-energy/ :

    “Speaking at a U.S. Senate committee meeting this week, Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.V.) said that continuing support for nuclear energy would be essential in meeting the country’s goals of reducing the emissions that fuel climate change, according to the Politico Pro newsletter.

    Manchin, who heads the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, was highly critical of anyone suggesting that climate change can be addressed without nuclear energy being in the mix.”

    “Manchin said. “Now you see the political divide—urban versus rural. It’ll get deeper and deeper if we don’t pull together.””

    Popcorn?

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