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Carlos Ponce

I'll remember those who promote solar and wind. Note we didn't have these problems before "Green" energy.

Bailey Jones

I'll remember those who promote deregulation. Note we didn't have these problems before "deregulated" energy.

I'll also remember those ignorant political hacks who continue to lie about the root cause of the system's grid-wide collapse, preferring to gain cheap political points by blaming wind and solar while ignoring the greater failures of gas, coal, and nuclear.

Carlos Ponce

Deregulation is good. Green energy has flaws. GO NUCLEAR!

Gary Miller

Yes Carlos nuclear is better but Media will keep telling stories of nuke danger. Reforming media must precede nuke rebound.

Gary Miller

Bailey> The little we got was from gas, coal and nuclear. Solar and wind were the ones who shut down without their gas or coal backup generators up and running.

Robert Braeking

Calling ERCOT reliable is like calling 'Honest John's Used Cars' honest.

Jim Forsythe

If Texas had required all sources of power in Texas to be winterized, we would not have had the freezing problem.

All sources of power failed during the freeze. Anyone that blames the lost of power only on wind and solar are not being truthful.

It’s estimated that of the grid’s total winter capacity, about 80% of it, or 67 gigawatts, could be generated by natural gas, coal and some nuclear power. Only 7% of ERCOT’s forecasted winter capacity, or 6 gigawatts, was expected to come from various wind power sources across the state.

The shutdown of a nuclear reactor in Bay City because of the cold and finally was what energy experts say is the biggest culprit,

“Low Supply of Natural Gas: ERCOT planned on 67GW from natural gas/coal, but could only get 43GW of it online. We didn’t run out of natural gas, but we ran out of the ability to get natural gas. Pipelines in Texas don’t use cold insulation —so things were freezing.”

Most of the problems could have been avoided, if all the different forms of power generation had been winterized. The wind turbines should have been equipped with what are known as cold weather packages, which can involve a number of precautions such as heating up turbine components and lubricants.

Until Texas is ready to spend the money to fix this problem, we will have the something happen again or worse.

One the things that Texas can do is promote more of the following.

In Angleton, Tesla subsidiary Gambit Energy Storage is installing the company’s modular Megapacks. When complete, the 100MW installation will be able to power approximately 20,000 homes. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) said the site could begin operating as soon as the start of June.

Gary Miller

Jim> you are mostly correct but fail to point out ERCOT is a lazy beauocracy run by over paid beaurocrats who wait for others to make decisions.

Robert Braeking

Mostly correct, Jim. Another thing that was not implemented, or even thought of, is for those who had capacity in the form of generators were not coerced into firing up their capacity to save the grid some capacity. Bay City, which has been in 'cluster mess management' since inception lost feed pumps due to frozen pipes during the big freeze. What dummy would not winterize feed piping? This is South Texas but it still gets cold here. Thankfully, I will be able to drop off the grid during the next event, albeit, at a cost of 12 gallons of diesel fuel per day. I will be offering hot showers and ice cubes to the public during the next ERCOT failure.

Carlos Ponce

Three days of darkness....... Not good for solar panels.

Jim Forsythe

If Texas (ERCOT) is going to change , why have the same people?

Bob Kahn, Ex-ERCOT CEO rejoins agency as board member, says he wants to ask questions, not place blame.

Ted Gillis

Carlos must think that the original Texas ranchers that used wind power to pump water out of the ground should now be considered frontier subversives, instead of the original green energy users.

Carlos Ponce

And don't forget the original farmers used solar energy to raise crops. [rolleyes]

Pete Nanos

Yep, it all happened under Biden. That's all we need to know.

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