Skip to comments.The Polar Vortex Is Proving Exactly Why Green Energy Is a Disaster for America's Power Grid
Posted on 02/16/2021 12:18:43 PM PST by CedarDave
In the name of environmentalism, many on the left have proposed switching the nation’s energy from reliable fossil fuels to new green energy sources that rely on the good fortune of clear skies and proper wind velocity to power America.
As if that weren’t enough cause to hesitate to indulge in such wishful thinking, another vulnerability has become painfully apparent as a third of the contiguous U.S. was plunged into subzero temperatures Monday due to a polar vortex weather pattern, according to CNN.
Not only have freezing temperatures created an excessive draw on the power grid as residents struggle to keep warm, but generating electricity has also become a major issue for areas that rely on sources such as solar and wind power.
In Texas, freezing temperatures and winter precipitation have caused some of the state’s wind turbines to seize up, costing 12,000 megawatts in power on an already taxed state grid, according to the Austin American-Statesman.
Alex Epstein, an author and the founder of Center for Industrial Progress, summed up the problem in a tweet Monday.
“As I write this,” he captioned a chart of the supply shortfall and demand increases, “the wind-dependent Texas grid is experiencing rolling blackouts, prices the equivalent of $900 per Tesla charge, and an expected supply shortage of 10 GW–the amount of electricity needed to power 5 million homes or 8 time-traveling DeLoreans.”
With all of the problems solar and wind power are having throughout the polar vortex, coal is the clear winner followed closely by cheap, abundant and clean natural gas.
Still, the lofty aims of politicians like President Joe Biden in his so-called Plan for a Clean Energy Revolution seek to punish coal companies while moving over to those less reliable forms of energy.
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An object lesson for the general population as to what happens when the sun doesn't shine, the wind doesn't blow and when snow and ice cover solar panels, and wind turbines freeze like airplane propellers.
“An object lesson for the general population ... “
Nope, they don’t want to know. They know the planet has a fever, and they will save it.
Until one day they find themselves in extreme weather with no HVAC.
The stupid American public can only learn through the harshest of lessons.
Why are other states with significant wind resources in cold climates not experiencing the same outages?
Mu mom is in east texas, she is iced in, all electric, and her heater can’t keep up, -6 degrees this morning. She can’t go to a hotel, because she can’t drive to one. She has one neighbor with a fireplace that offered to come get her.
Green Energy can’t handle a Winter = FAIL
Al Gore, here’s a real inconvenient truth.
Replace the wind farms with flux capacitors.
AOC has been rather quiet on the subject. Wonder why?
Down with The Grid.
I just got off the phone with a co-worker who has a son in Texas. Apparently, the plan in Texas was to have helicopters spray de-icing on the turbines if they needed it. However, the weather grounded the helicopters.
Supposedly, turbines in climates where snowstorms are expected, like Nebraska, have de-icing units already on the turbines. Of course, if the storm bring winds that are too high, then the power generation is disabled, as well.
How many wind turbines in Alaska?.
So the problem isn’t turbines, but non deicing turbines. Which is weird as most of the turbine farms are in north Texas, famous for icing and on ce storms.
Add to my above reply, problems also included frozen natural gas well heads and frozen water intakes ar power generation plants.
There are northern states that have abundant green energy resources and don’t suffer like this.
I see generator sales spiking in Texas, just as they have here in Kalifornia. And what could be more inefficient than each person running their own generator? Thank you green new deal!
Nebraska and Iowa have rolling blackouts to supply Texas.
God help Mexico.
This is insane.
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One of my boys is in Fort Worth, with a one-year old and a heavily pregnant wife. Fortunately for them, he's near the hospital, so his power wasn't blacked out, although the blackouts did affect people a mere 10 blocks away. He grew up in New England, went to school in Wisconsin... thought he was done with that kind of cold.
When life gives you snowballs, knit mittens?
Today I went down a hill about 10 times on a snow sleigh that is 80 to 90 years old.
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