PolitiFact claimed “Natural gas, not wind turbines, main driver of Texas power shortage.” Is that the full story?
Almost 100% of renewables failed immediately.
Gas had issues after covering for the loss renewable energy.
More renewables would've worsened the crisis, not helped.
How Texas Gets Energy
Texas leads the United States in reliance on wind power.
Renewable Energy Disaster
Texas energy officials warned of coming blackouts a week ago when low temperatures caused Turbines to freeze. This was before any Gas energy issues.
Natural gas and coal energy ramped up their energy production to cover the lack of wind energy and the increase in energy demand.
Energy generation went down, Energy demand went up. A bad combination.
Between February 7th and 11th, wind as a share of the state's electricity fell to 8% from 42%.
Fossil Fuels As Back Up
Gas and coal powered plants made up for the loss of wind energy, producing two to three times their normal peak production levels.
In the terrible winter conditions, fossil fuel energy over-produced to cover the renewable energy failure.
Natural Gas Failure
When temperatures dropped to single digits on Monday, Gas pipelines froze.
“It appears that a lot of the generation that has gone offline today has been primarily due to issues on the natural gas system,” - Electric Reliability Council of Texas
The quote was misconstrued by climate activists. Gas energy had issues after most wind power already failed. More reliance on wind energy would've exacerbated the problem, not helped it.
By Tuesday, gas generation fell about one-third. It was still running two to three times higher than normal. With the surging energy demand, it wasn't enough.
Between February 8 and February 16, wind power dropped 93%. Coal increased 47%, and Gas increased 450%. Left-wing activists are using this to push for more renewables. They're wrong.
The Policy Issue
Dismantling nuclear and coal plants harms the public. Texas is yet another example.
The left is partially right, there were problems with the grid. But the answer isn't more renewable energy. That was part of the problem.
Media Bias Check
When California has blackouts, the media is quick to defend renewable energy. Even though California leads in renewables, the media reports the problem being extreme weather, not the energy that doesn't account for it.
When Texas has blackouts, the once in a decade storm isn't to blame, it's the lack renewable energy. Ironically, more renewable energy would've worsened the problem.
"We should never build another wind turbine in Texas. The experiment failed big time. Governor Abbott's Public Utility Commission appointees need to be fired and more gas, coal and oil infrastructure built." - Sid Miller, the state's agriculture commissioner