- Sep 8, 2018
The state's energy grid was unprepared to handle the winter storm
This became a political issue when Greg Abbott, the Governor of Texas tried to say that the Windmills in Texas were the reason Texas went without power, It was actually the fact that Texas, 10 years ago got a cold spell, that the Federal Commission said was caused by not winterizing their infrastructure and it would happen again when it got cold if they didn't. The loss of power in Texas was mainly caused this time by frozen hardware to coal, gas and nuclear power plants. The greatest being the gas lines freezing to these power plants. Abbott then tried to walk back his comments about the windmills as they actually did better in keeping up with power to residents there. Texas has privatized all their power grids, so they have no one to pull extra power from once their neglect of power stations cause these problems. It would be more accurate to say that Republican rule in the state is the cause for this lack of power now, not windmills.So wind turbines are near useless and don't count in this power outage ?
Actually the wind turbines should have been adding to the grid and more people should have had power, but the windmills failed, how ever much that counts for they failed. Point blank the wind turbines sat disabled while people went without power amid this global pandemic.