Writing for Reuters, reporter Gavin Maguire noted in June that Texas was at the time experiencing difficulty in producing power from wind. He cited a drop in “wind speeds” across the South. That apparently didn’t dissuade grid managers from forging ahead. “Over the longer run, Texas’ wind generation totals will play a decisive role in ERCOT system stability,” Maguire wrote. “A rebound in wind generation levels due to new capacity and greater wind speeds will provide a major boost to ERCOT resilience and may enable the Texas grid to avert any further power scares from upcoming heat waves,” he said. Two months later, when ERCOT sent out two messages on social media wherein Texans were asked to participate in California-like voluntary resource conservation efforts as the mercury rose. “ERCOT has issued a Voluntary Conservation Notice for 3 – 8 p.m. today, Aug. 17, due to extreme temperatures, forecasted high demand, & lower reserves due to low wind generation,” the agency said Thursday on X, the platformer formerly known as Twitter. “Texans are asked to voluntarily reduce electric use, if safe to do so,” it added. electric vehicles, only to also ask them to unplug the EVs to conserve energy. It’s a California problem that appears to be making its way to a state that has always prided itself on independence, above all else. But as climate alarmists entrench themselves into agencies such as ERCOT and Californians flee their state for greener pastures eastward, their former state’s problems are being exported to places such as Texas. Asking Texans to turn off their air conditioners in 100-plus-degree heat would have been unthinkable not too long ago. The state’s residents are finding out that, as in California, wind turbines are only as good as the breezes that make them turn. Texas is experiencing not only a lack of wind but also a lack of common sense. A state with plentiful resources and spirit should never leave itself vulnerable to unpredictable breezes and the judgment of people whose motives are arguably political. Texas is expected to see temperatures of up to 110 degrees into next week.
This is near Cromwell, OK. Brent Havins shot this video of a wind turbine that got struck by lightning. pic.twitter.com/jBjUNas0yc— Mike Collier (@MikeCollierWX) July 22, 2022
If the grid goes down, the problem will be one that could have been avoided by ramping up the burning of natural gas. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
Unfortunately, the heat will be here to stay into early next week with triple digit temperatures expected each day. The fire threat will remain elevated for the entire area but could approach critical levels west of I-35. Stay cool in the heat this weekend! #txwx #dfwwx #ctxwx pic.twitter.com/AT6S2WsiKt— NWS Fort Worth (@NWSFortWorth) August 17, 2023