A Tale of Two Renewable Energy Blackouts: California vs Texas

Guest “Yi-hah!” by David Middleton EnergyCalifornia Blackouts Highlight Contrast with Texas Energy, Provide ForewarningLast summer, Texans nearly experienced similar rolling blackouts to what Californians faced just a few weeks ago.BRAD JOHNSON SEPTEMBER 7, 2020 Driving north from San Antonio to Austin on I-35, a billboard towers over passing traffic broadcasting a simple message: “Don’t California…

We Spent Billions on Wind Power… and All I Got Was a Rolling Blackout

By Mike Smith, Meteorological Musings The Electric Reliability Council of Texas said 7,000 megawatts of generating capacity tripped [“tripped” means failed]Tuesday night, leaving the state without enough juice. That’s enough capacity to power about 1.4 million homes. By rotating outages, ERCOT said it prevented total blackouts. “We have the double whammy of extremely high demand,…