Texas frozen wind power – Millions of outages ensue

“The folly of chasing renewable energy as a means of mitigating “climate change” is making itself abundantly clear today in Texas. When will politicians wake up and realize that renewable energy almost always equates to unreliable energy?”
– Anthony Watts

Electricity now at unheard of $9000 per megawatt-hour.

ERCOT is placing rolling power outages in effect to prevent a complete collapse of the power grid

With dead wind turbines littering the state, the focus on deploying unreliable renewable energy in the name of “saving the planet” has literally “messed with Texas” in a huge way.

Ice storms knocked out nearly half the wind-power generating capacity of Texas on Sunday as a massive deep freeze across the state locked up wind turbine generators, creating an electricity generation crisis.

Approximately 75% of Texas has some level of power outage – source: poweroutage.us

Wind generation ranks as the second-largest source of energy in Texas, accounting for 23% of state power supplies last year, behind natural gas, which represented 45%, according to Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) figures.

ERCOT reports today the spot price for electricity in Texas is currently a stunning $9000 per MegaWatt-hour. Even in the high demand summer months, $100 per MW-hr would be high.

At the moment, ERCOT is placing rolling power outages in effect to prevent a complete collapse of the power grid saying:

“ERCOT has issued an EEA level 3 because electric demand is very high right now, and supplies can’t keep up. Reserves have dropped below 1,000 MW and are not expected to recover within 30 minutes; as a result, ERCOT has ordered transmission companies to reduce demand on the system.

This is typically done through rotating outages, which are controlled, temporary interruptions of electric service. This type of demand reduction is only used as a last resort to preserve the reliability of the electric system as a whole.”

Source: http://www.ercot.com/eea_info/show/26464

“It is sad and ironic,” says Anthony Watts, “that in a state known for its huge petroleum and natural gas resources, the lack of reliability of wind power has brought the state to its knees in a time of crisis, not unlike that which California experienced in 2020 during record heat where wind and solar power could not keep up with demand and was near collapse.”

Texas frozen wind power – outages ensue, electricity now at unheard of $9000 per megawatt-hour

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20 thoughts on “Texas frozen wind power – Millions of outages ensue”

  1. If I recall correctly, the West Texas windmill farm was built with Federal tax subsidies with no solid plans to connect it to the Texas electrical grid. After it was built they sought out customers and reached a deal with the cities of San Antonio and Houston, who saw it as an opportunity to get cheap green power and wean off fossil fuels. A special highline was built along I-10 to connect the farm to their new customers. Given their newly found “energy independence” the liberals in San Antonio and Houston lobbied against the development of new gas and coal power plants and the gas pipelines which could supply them. With a large part of the theoretical output of the wind farm currently unavailable a big part of the real power shortages are in these two cities. The Texas power grid is having to shift power from other parts of the State to try and meet some of their needs, since they never planned or considered that they might need a Plan B if the windmill farm didn’t produce what it was expected to.

  2. They’re too fu…ing stupid for that!! You could have an ice berg pass by Key West and they still would be clueless….

  3. Where is the back-up power for that unreliable solar and wind power? No back-up Coal, gas, or Nuclear powered plants ? Obviously, they didn’t even have a battery back-up system! We all know that batteries are very expensive, and they would need a weeks supply of power! No way can “We” afford the battery back-up plan, especially when they will need to be replaced in less than 10 years!

    Here is the real question: “Why build two power plants, when only one RELIABLE power plant is needed”?

  4. Texas has 22 million licensed vehicles. Imagine the impact this would have on their power grid if they were all electric.

  5. All we have to do, is to harness hidden DARK ENERGY, hidden gravity waves, and hidden massive amounts of phlogiston in fossil fuels.

    The reason those wind mills froze was they ran out of synthetic phlogiston grease and phlogiston anti-freeze deicer.


    Get your own generator or inverter and make a custom # 5380-I Decora plug-in voltage transient filter outlet mounted in a plastic gray handy box. It’s a big orange box special order brand item # 5380-I.

  6. Abnormal cooling in the USA

    In the American states of Louisiana and Texas, strong frosts have appeared, which are not typical of the south of the country. Due to the extremely low air temperature in the region, power lines were damaged and freeze deaths were recorded
    When there is a heat wave … it’s excessive, it’s catastrophic, when it is cold it’s ‘just’ abnormal.
    I would like to suggest:
    ‘Global Warming (AGW) is a thing of the past.’
    ‘Climate Changes (AGW) is a thing of the past.’

    Why were the great animals of North America extinct?

    Previously, megaphysical representatives of American fauna were believed to have been destroyed by man when he came to the continent 14,000 years ago. However, a new opinion was expressed. The reason North America lost mammoths, glyptodonts, giant sloths and beavers in the late Pleistocene was the climate, not the big game lovers – the people.

    At the end of the Pleistocene, about 13,000 years ago, the climate changed dramatically. After a long period of heat, the glaciers began to advance. This marked the beginning of the last serious cooling on the planet. Scientists found, thanks to the so-called radiocarbon dating of events, that the number of large animals fluctuated according to the waves of heating and cooling.

    “After a long period of heat, the glaciers began to advance. This marked the beginning of the last serious cooling on the planet.”
    Exacly…how much time to the glaciers began to advance?

  7. If this cold weather is a sign of continued global warming, then it’s like COVID numbers rising as flu shots and mask use increased – all these electric cars, windmills and solar panels prove that reducing “fossil fuel” use either doesn’t stop global warming or, is, in fact, causing global warming.

    Can’t be neither.

  8. Where to begin with the insanity over ‘global warming’ and ‘the green new deal’. For now, I find it appalling that they are spraying de-icer to get the ice off of those turbine blades … the same de-icer that they have to build special retention areas for airplanes when spraying this same stuff to capture the runoff …. because it is toxic! So now, the ground around those wind farms are toxic waste sites!!! These criminals will kill us all …

  9. Wondering if a few of us “good old boys” should load up our trucks with the necessities, drive as far as we can, then chain up the tires to deliver what is needed?? Some of us could probably round up some Mattracks for our trucks too.

  10. On Aljazeera TV News just now they called it a “cold snap”, and power outages are caused by frozen instruments at coal, gas and nuclear power stations. Some 300 cases of carbon monoxide poisoning due to attempts to keep warm in homes.

  11. Spaceweather.com say they are “surprised” at how quiet the sun has been solar cycle 25 was supposed to bring the sun roaring back to life late last year. The sun has had no spots for almost 2 weeks now. For those of us who have watched and expected such a thing for quite a while now its no surprise at all.

    • Agreed. My family was getting tired of my admonitions over the last several years. Now, they are wondering?
      Nice to make a prediction and have it come true…
      By the way, computer models that are always wrong need to be trashed along with their supporters.

  12. Robert, since you’ve lived in Texas the temperatures have dropped, you brought the cold with you.
    It’s a joke.

  13. Canada, Greenland and even Illinois wind turbines do just fine. I guess they winterize them like you’re supposed too.

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