ERCOT Renewable Energy: Reality Check

Wind and solar are cheaper to build, but not when you take into account the overbuild and storage to fully serve the grid. 

Classical Liberalism and Electricity: An (Unfinished) Exchange with Lynne Kiesling

It is time for fundamental free-market, classical-liberal reform with electricity.”

Hey Joe! How’s That “Incredible Transition” Going For Ya?

Guest “Incredible Transition” my @$$!” by David Middleton Does he even know what the initials EIA stand for? He wouldn’t sound nearly so moronic if he occasionally checked with the…

Blackouts… Because Climate Change! Blame Natural Gas!

Guest “They got it bass-ackwards, once again” by David Middleton Electricity operators must wake up to climate change — or brace for summer outagesBY ROMANY M. WEBB, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR –…

“Negative Electricity Prices and the Production Tax Credit” (2012 warning for Texas went unheeded)

The market distortions caused by renewable energy incentives are one of the primary causes I believe of our current resource adequacy issue… [T]his distortion makes it difficult for other generation…

Texas: Wind Fails, Media Blames Natural Gas… Again

Guest “Just a bit outside!” by David Middleton Plunging Natural Gas Supply Shows Texas Still Not Ready for ColdBy Gerson Freitas Jr, Francesca Maglione, and Sergio ChapaJanuary 3, 2022, 12:06…

ERCOT issues conservation alert… Media blames natural gas

Guest “Of course they did” by David Middleton ERCOT = Electric Reliability Council of Texas H/T to David Youatt for this suggested topic. June 14 ERCOT News Release News ReleaseJune…

Chuck DeVore: Texas’ blackouts – here’s the truth about why they happened and what we have to do next

It’s important to note that had every Texas generator powered by natural gas, coal, nuclear and hydro operated at full output during the height of the storm’s demand, Texas still…

Texas to boost grid resilience with more wind & solar, according to Clean Technica

Guest “I really couldn’t make this sort of schist up if I was trying” by David Middleton Reporting from Ice Mud Station Dallas… The pool is now ice-free for the…

The Day After Tomorrow: Renewables Fail Edition

Guest “The best laid plans of mice and men…” by David Middleton Note: I had originally titled this post, The Day After Tomorrow: ERCOT Fail Edition, and ERCOT did fail.…

The True Cost of Renewables are Hidden Due to a Lack of Market Transparency

Testifying before Indiana’s 21st Century Energy Task Force, electricity markets expert and regulatory attorney, Mike Nasi, warns Indiana policymakers of the significant indirect costs and risks renewables have placed on…

CNN: Wind Tops Coal in Texas in 3 out of 6 Months in 2019

Guest Fake News analysis by David Middleton The USA Today version of this non-story was even dumber than CNN’s version… Wind is outpacing coal as a power source in Texas…