After six Texas power plants went off line resulting from a heat wave, state regulators (ERCOT) urged Texans to reduce their energy consumption. From Bloomberg: The power-plant failures resulted in a loss of about 2,900 megawatts of electricity, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas said in an email statement Friday. That’s enough power for about… Read More Six Texas Power Plants Go Off Line, Residents Urged To Reduce Power Usage
The Wall Street Journal published a story yesterday pointing out major energy shortages across the United States could come when summer heat starts settling in. Note what The Journal points out about renewable energy, like wind and solar: “The challenge is that wind and solar farms—which are among the cheapest forms of power generation—don’t produce… Read More Growing Warnings About U.S. Electricity Shortages
The winter storm has not only exposed the holes in the Lone Star State’s power grid, but the situation in Texas is worse than originally reported. According to the Associated Press, not only are millions without power or sources of heat to stay warm, but water pipes are bursting state-wide. State officials were caught completely… Read More The Situation in Texas is Worse Than Originally Thought
California’s rolling blackouts this summer were caused by decades of costly and poorly planned decisions to replace coal, nuclear, and gas-powered plants with solar and wind, according to some energy experts. Critics say the state’s dependence on solar and wind have made the power grid unreliable and overly expensive.
You read the title right. It never dawned on California that power storage would be necessary when the sun doesn’t shine and when the wind doesn’t blow. However, The New York Times carefully avoids reporting one crucial factor: time (i.e. how long the batteries will last). Plus also there is nothing to indicate what the… Read More California Begs Energy Companies for Batteries
The Heartland Institute’s Andy Singer explains why Golden State residents are dealing with rolling blackouts. As an aside, Governor Gavin Newsom promised in May he would take a pay cut after slashing California state employee salaries. To this day, not surprisingly, he has yet to do so.
Bloomberg has an article pointing out that California residents are facing rolling blackouts and there will be no way to stop it. What is not being reported is this will be the result of Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant that is being closed. In theory, renewable energy is expected to pick up the slack. However,… Read More Rolling Blackouts in California Thanks to Nuclear Plant Closing
A major power outage has occurred in New York City tonight. According to The New York Times, a segment of the West Side of Manhattan was affected resulting in thousands of people in subways and even elevators trapped, and drivers having to use their own judgement when crossing intersections since traffic lights were also out.… Read More The Irony of the New York Blackout
In the 1950s, Americans were worried about nuclear weapons and over-population. In the decades since we’ve feared invasive species, the ozone hole, energy shortages and climate change. In his provocative book about the U.S. environmentalist movement, A Climate of Crisis, Emory University historian Dr. Patrick Allitt argues that technology and innovation have helped us avert… Read More Dr. Patrick Allitt lecture on “A Climate of Crisis”
Watts Up With That? Guest essay by Eric Worrall During the recent statewide blackout in South Australia, there is no doubt that unstable output from wind farms triggered the cascade of events which caused the power outage. The question is – are wind farm operators liable for the economic harm their “product” caused? Lawsuit looms… Read More Victims of the South Australia Statewide Blackout to Sue Wind Farm Operators