The arctic blast of 2021 is officially a disaster in Texas while wind turbines are getting plenty of the blame for rolling blackouts which left hundreds of thousands in the cold.
Gov. Greg Abbott today announced he would deployed state troopers and Texas military forces to address widespread electric grid deficiencies today, among other resources to assist residents left without warmth in what is in many places record-shattering meteorological conditions.
State energy officials saw this coming a Texas mile away, which is why on Sunday Gov. Abbott sought and received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Energy that allowed Texas power generators to increase production beyond normal federally regulated levels. But, according to a press release from the Governor’s office, some of those generators are unable to increase production because their operations “have been frozen by weather conditions” in weather not experienced by Texans since the 1940s.
“Due to the severe weather and freezing temperatures across our state, many power companies have been unable to generate power, whether it’s from coal, natural gas, or wind power,” said Abbott. “ERCOT [Electric Reliability Council of Texas] and the PUC [Public Utilities Commission] are working non-stop to restore power supply. The state has also deployed resources to assist Texans without power and to help essential workers continue to carry out their jobs. In the meantime, I encourage all Texans to continue to stay off the roads, and conserve energy as state agencies work with private providers to restore power as quickly as possible.”
The Texas power grid has not been compromised.
The ability of some companies that generate the power has been frozen.
This includes the natural gas & coal generators.
They are working to get generation back on line.
ERCOT & PUC are prioritizing residential consumers. https://t.co/wDiDXN17Fu
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) February 15, 2021
Half of Texas' wind turbines are frozen solid. The rest are expected to bottom out at 2.5% production. Natural gas can ramp up to meet most demand, but this giant gap in wind means rolling blackouts are starting.
We must have RELIABLE energy to thrive. https://t.co/5cHJSjRMWS
— Life:Powered (@Life_Powered_) February 15, 2021