“Wind was working nearly in addition to anticipated”… A Texas-sized Vitality Lie – Watts Up With That?

Visitor “truth checking the very fact checkers” by David Middleton

Word to truth checking trolls: The featured picture is a meme. Lookup the phrase meme earlier than you prattle on concerning the frozen wind turbine not being in Texas. Additionally, I’ve been referring to the freakishly chilly climate, snow and ice of the previous couple of weeks as Winter Storm Youthful Dryas. It’s my unofficial pet identify for the the Texas climate from February 9-18, 2021. Reality checkers who say this storm identify doesn’t exist will very possible be ridiculed.

Meme: “an amusing or attention-grabbing merchandise (resembling a captioned image or video) or style of things that’s unfold extensively on-line particularly by means of social media”

Ever hear somebody say, “Every part’s greater in Texas“?

Properly… The lamestream media lies concerning the latest Texas power catastrophe have been Texas-sized.

This is only a small pattern…

Reality test: Renewable power is to not blame for the Texas power disaster
Pure gasoline, the state’s dominant power supply, has supplied drastically much less power than anticipated, in line with specialists and business knowledge.

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“Wind was working nearly in addition to anticipated,” stated Sam Newell, head of the electrical energy group on the Brattle Group, an power consulting firm that has suggested Texas on its energy grid.

“It’s an order of magnitude smaller” than issues with pure gasoline, coal and nuclear power, he stated.

[…]

NBC Information

WINTER STORM 2021
No, frozen wind generators aren’t the primary offender for Texas’ energy outages
Misplaced wind energy was anticipated to be a fraction of winter era. All sources — from pure gasoline, to nuclear, to coal, to photo voltaic — have struggled to generate energy in the course of the storm that has left thousands and thousands of Texans at midnight.

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Frozen wind generators in Texas brought about some conservative state politicians to declare Tuesday that the state was relying an excessive amount of on renewable power. However in actuality, the wind energy was anticipated to make up solely a fraction of what the state had deliberate for in the course of the winter.

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Texas Tribune

No, Wind Farms Aren’t the Foremost Reason behind the Texas Blackouts
The state’s widespread electrical energy failure was largely attributable to freezing pure gasoline pipelines. That didn’t cease advocates for fossil fuels from attempting to shift blame.

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Nonetheless, wind energy was not mainly in charge for the Texas blackouts. The principle downside was frigid temperatures that stalled pure gasoline manufacturing, which is accountable for almost all of Texas’ energy provide. Wind makes up only a fraction — 7 p.c or so, by some estimates — of the state’s total mixture of energy era this time of yr.

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New York Instances

  • “Wind was working nearly in addition to anticipated”
  • [W]ind energy was anticipated to make up solely a fraction of what the state had deliberate for in the course of the winter.
  • Wind makes up only a fraction — 7 p.c or so, by some estimates — of the state’s total mixture of energy era this time of yr.

The “fraction” hyperlink within the New York Instances article results in the Texas Tribune article I quoted. The “fraction” hyperlink in that article results in one other Texas Tribune article that claims this:

Solely 7% of ERCOT’s forecasted winter capability, or 6 gigawatts, was anticipated to return from numerous wind energy sources throughout the state.

Texas Tribune

That’s only a bald-face lie… Or a really confused journalist.

ERCOT’s (Electrical Reliability Council of Texas) wind output is definitely pretty dependable in winter, significantly in February.

EIA Texas Electrical energy Profile 2019

In February 2020, wind accounted for 26% of ERCOT electrical energy era…

ERCOT Gasoline Combine Report: 2020

Wind has accounted for a minimum of 20% of ERCOT’s February era from 2016 to 2020.

ERCOT % Feb Technology From Wind
2011 10%
2012 11%
2013 13%
2014 10%
2015 12%
2016 20%
2017 23%
2018 25%
2019 24%
2020 26%
2021 (Feb 9-18) 30%
2021 (Feb 1-Eight) Eight%
ERCOT Gasoline Combine Report

In February 2021, previous to Winter Storm Youthful Dryas, wind accounted for 30% of ERCOT’s electrical energy era…

EIA Hourly Grid Monitor

Throughout Winter Storm Youthful Dryas, wind dropped off to eight% of ERCOT electrical energy era, whereas pure gasoline greater than doubled as a proportion of ERCOT electrical energy era…

EIA Hourly Grid Monitor

Whereas there have been extreme issues with thermal producing sources from February 15-18, wind was principally a no-show from February 9-18.

EIA Hourly Grid Monitor

And this places the lie to those truth checker claims:

  • Reality test: Renewable power is to not blame for the Texas power disaster
  • No, frozen wind generators aren’t the primary offender for Texas’ energy outages
  • No, Wind Farms Aren’t the Foremost Reason behind the Texas Blackouts
  • Renewable power is why Texas has much less pure gasoline and coal capability than it could have had in any other case.
  • Frozen wind generators are why coal-fired energy vegetation have been working at >90% of capability from February 9-14 and pure gasoline energy vegetation have been working at 70% to greater than 80% of capability from February 11-14.
  • Wind farms aren’t the primary explanation for the Texas blackouts as a result of most of them had already been knocked offline by freezing temperatures and ice… Practically every week earlier than the blackouts! The place’s my Sam Kinison video?

The desperation on the a part of the lamestream media to proactively defend wind energy throughout this fiasco could be humorous, if not for the truth that this lie shortly gained a lot traction, that I’ve even repeated it. Wind energy didn’t carry out higher than anticipated in any rational sense of the phrase.

That stated, wind energy has usually been very profitable in Texas… The issue is that ERCOT’s plan for a complete failure of wind energy appears to have been hoping that pure gasoline, coal and nuclear energy vegetation may efficiently function at about 90% of capability till the wind energy got here again on-line.

“Hope ain’t a tactic.”

Mark Wahlberg as Mike Williams in Deepwater Horizon

Even with all the system-wide failures, pure gasoline is the one cause that this power catastrophe didn’t declare a whole bunch, if not hundreds, of lives. Winter Storm Youthful Dryas will in all probability surpass Hurricane Harvey as the costliest pure catastrophe in Texas historical past and ERCOT was presumably inside 5 minutes of it being presumably the costliest pure catastrophe in U.S. historical past once they started load-shedding.

Former Texas Public Utilities Commissioner Rebecca Klein laid out some questions that must be requested and answered on this very considerate article:

1. Are we ready to pay extra for electrical energy and water to make sure greater ranges of reliability? And if that’s the case, how rather more? Larger reliability could imply numerous issues, resembling required weatherization of infrastructure belongings; greater mandated margins of reserve era than we have now as we speak; actual incentives for buyer conservation and/or good home equipment; higher coordination amongst gasoline, electrical and water utilities; ensuring our gasoline provide is secure, enough and accessible; or tweaking our wholesale energy value caps, amongst many different issues. A few of these actions come at the next value than others. We have to consider the tradeoffs in a scientific method.

2. How can we be higher ready for “outlier” occasions, no matter their likelihood? Would it not make sense to require state-wide situation planning that features coordinated drills that check each our operational and communication capabilities throughout a number of entities?

three. How can all stakeholders, significantly ERCOT, the Public Utility Fee of Texas, the Workplace of Public Utility Council (but additionally utilities, and so forth.) present extra well timed, clear, and related data to customers about methods to put together; what is occurring and why; what to anticipate; and whom to name?

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Or we may go together with AOC’s answer.

The breakdown for 16 February 2021:

MWh %
Wind Technology           73,395 6%
Photo voltaic Technology           20,134 2%
Hydro Technology             three,833 zero%
Different Technology                682 zero%
Pure gasoline Technology         759,708 65%
Coal Technology         204,655 18%
Nuclear Technology           98,394 Eight%
Complete     1,160,801 100%
EIA

Fossil fuels accounted for 83% of our electrical energy era on February 16. Fossil fuels + nuclear accounted for 92%. However AOC says extra wind & photo voltaic would have saved the day…

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