By Duncan Smith
Remember this past winter when Texas experienced unseasonably cold temperatures — temps so cold, in fact, that most of the state’s ‘green energy’ windmills froze up and caused power outages around much of the state?
Well, get ready for the summertime version of that disaster, at least if you’re a resident of the Lone Star State.
Zero Hedge has the details:
Goldilocks will not be pleased. Texas power prices infamously exploded higher during the frigid temperatures of the February winter storm that crippled so much of the state; and this time, amid blisteringly hot temperatures, Texas power prices are exploding higher once again as The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) asks Texans to reduce electric use as much as possible today through Friday, June 18.
The council issued this alert:
A significant number of forced generation outages combined with potential record electric use for the month of June has resulted in tight grid conditions.
Generator owners have reported approximately 11,000 MW of generation is on forced outage for repairs; of that, approximately 8,000 MW is thermal and the rest is intermittent resources. According to the summer Seasonal Assessment of Resource Adequacy, a typical range of thermal generation outages on hot summer days is around 3,600 MW. One MW typically powers around 200 homes on a summer day.
“We will be conducting a thorough analysis with generation owners to determine why so many units are out of service,” said ERCOT Vice President of Grid Planning and Operations Woody Rickerson. “This is unusual for this early in the summer season.”
Now, look, Texas has its own grid, so what’s the big deal, right?
Well, Texas is one of the country’s biggest oil-producing states, and yet the Republicans that run it allowed themselves to be talked into moving away from reliable fossil fuel-powered energy to unreliable ‘green energy.’ And now, the state has problems keeping the lights on.
Again, you say, it’s Texas — not the rest of the country.
Oh, but it is.
The Greenies are replicating the stupidity in Texas all over the country, and that includes the country’s biggest economy, California. That state’s electricity generation amounts to about 25 percent of the total; one-quarter. And we all know California has become famous for summertime brownouts and roving blackouts because their grid sucks, too (thanks to overregulation).
The two biggest states in the country are facing power shortages, which, if they get worse, will have a destabilizing effect on the country’s economy as a whole. Because if their grids continue to fail, so, too, will the country’s grids.
More inflation, less production, more shortages.
Meanwhile, Democrats want to spend trillions of “infrastructure” dollars on everything but infrastructure.
Better break out your own portable solar panels if you’ve got ’em. And your bicycle.
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