Loss of Wind in Texas Causes Power Emergency

While the media are more than happy to talk about global warming and the joys of “renewable” energy sources, I bet you missed this story from last week.
What happened is that the utility’s grid frequency dropped suddenly when wind production fell from more than 1,700 megawatts, before the event, to 300 MW when an emergency had to be declared due to too little power being available. Some major businesses were forced to shut down operations in order to avoid a blackout.
The fact is that wind and solar combine for less than 1 percent of our nation’s energy consumption. While some argue that this is a result of government policies that favor fossil fuels, the reality is that no one wants to — and some like hospitals — can’t go without power when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing. Those who are pushing mandatory renewable requirements are simply making New Mexico’s energy supply less stable and more expensive than it should be.