Report: The Collapse Of Wind Power Followed By Natural Gas Not Able To Make Up For The Shortfall Caused The Texas Grid To Collapse

Zero Hedge: Cascend: Data Shows Wind-Power Was Chief Culprit Of Texas Grid Collapse
With the worst of the Texas power crisis now behind us, the blame and fingerpointing begins, and while the jury is still out whose actions (or lack thereof) may have led to the deadly and widespread blackouts that shocked Texas this week, Cascend Strategy writes that "in case there was any doubt why the Texas grid collapsed, the data is clear"
* Wind failed as “Ice storms knocked out nearly half the wind-power generating capacity of Texas on Sunday as a massive deep freeze across the state locked up wind turbine generators, creating an electricity generation crisis." * Natural gas made up the difference for a while * But then everything else followed down
Some more detail from Cascend which lays out the events of this week in sequence:
* A massive cold snap drove demand for electricity well beyond normal levels * Wind power failed to deliver it’s expected power – almost 40% of expected power – in part due to lack of winterized wind turbines
WNU Editor: Cascend's recommendations are the following ….
1) Winterize equipment 2) Require power reserve 3) Connect the Texas grid better 4) Add solar with storage (storage is key) 5) And add more natural gas
I lived through the Quebec ice storm of 1998 (read my commentary here …. Texas Was "Seconds And Minutes" Away From A Catastrophic Months-Long Blackout).
I concur with the above Cascend recommendation that Texas must spend money on winterizing their equipment, and connecting the grid better. We did it in Quebec, and we have fared (so far) quite well.
As to the limits of wind-power. Canada has also learned how unreliable they can be in winter, and why they must be constructed to withstand harsh conditions like ice.Original Article

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