Climate Denial Crock of the Week
Above, massive builds of wind, solar and battery queued up for the Texas Grid.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is its own island, mostly cut off from the rest of the US grid, due to Texan’s inability to brook any Interstate Commerce rules on their generation.
It’s a mixed blessing, as recent grid debacles have shown. ERCOT has had insufficient rules for winterization of power plants, which played a huge role in the Valentine’s day Grid Collapse of 2021. Gas power plants, gas supply lines and wells all shut down, along with at least one nuclear plant. (some wind turbines froze, also because of no winterization – while their winterized counterparts in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Iowa did just fine in the same weather)
On the plus side, the Texas system is much more market based than just about any other, and what that has meant is a major…
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