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Old 02-20-2021, 08:09 AM   #1
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From Texas Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian:
“WINTER STORM:
• This week, our grid failed us when temperatures reached historic lows and people needed electricity and heat the most.
• There were almost 4.5 million customers without power during the peak of the outage on February 16th. As of today, there are still close to 3 million Texans without power.
• The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, manages about 90% of the state's power for 26 million customers.
• ERCOT is overseen by the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Texas Legislature.
• ERCOT's recently elected chair and vice chair for the board of directors do not live in Texas and live in Michigan and California respectively.
• ERCOT said there were 45,000 megawatts offline. Of that, 15,000 megawatts were wind and 30,000 were gas and coal.
• On the morning of February 14th, ERCOT CEO Bill Magness warned: “We are experiencing record- breaking electric demand due to the extreme cold temperatures that have gripped Texas. At the same time, we are dealing with higher-than-normal generation outages due to frozen wind turbines and limited natural gas supplies available to generating units.”
• It is important to note that every natural gas plant online at the start of this crisis stayed online.
• While there have been some issues with natural gas production during this storm, much of that has to do with ERCOT cutting off power to well sites in West Texas. ERCOT assumed the state would have 67GW from thermal sources (gas & coal), but ended up only being able to get 43GW online.
• Many, including myself, have warned for years about the dangers of relying too heavily on unreliable, intermittent forms of electric generation like wind and solar to meet the energy needs for thirty-million Texans.
• This couldn’t have happened a decade ago when “coal-fired plants generated nearly 37 percent of the state’s electricity while wind provided about 6 percent. Since then, three Texas coal-fired plants have closed... In the same period, our energy consumption rose by 20 percent.”
• ERCOT was notified over a decade ago that Texas power plants had failed to adequately weatherize facilities to protect against cold weather. A federal report that summer recommended steps including installing heating elements around pipes and increasing the amount of reserve power available before storms.
• Instead of spending our resources making our grid more resilient, policy and spending has focused spending on mandating or subsidizing as much wind and solar as possible.
• The takeaway from this storm should not be the failure of fossil fuels, but the failure of leadership at ERCOT and the dangers of relying on intermittent, unreliable forms of energy like wind for a quarter of our energy needs.
• It shows as clear as day that the goal of 100% renewables by 2035 is a pipe dream that will increase suffering and harm Texas families.
• Had Texas been using 100% renewables, we would have had 100% blackouts.”


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Old 02-20-2021, 09:02 AM   #2
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There are some valid points in there, but it’s also from the head of the department in the state of Texas the oversees O&G. To some extent he contradicts himself, he states of 45 mw off line, that 2/3 was nat gas, but does not really explain why.

Tons of finger pointing going on. Some mid level managers for ERCOT and various producers will get fired over this. ERCOT will get reorganized, but not reformed and the next significant weather event will find us all in the same position.

So take care of you and yours
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Old 02-20-2021, 09:17 AM   #3
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There are some valid points in there, but it’s also from the head of the department in the state of Texas the oversees O&G. To some extent he contradicts himself, he states of 45 mw off line, that 2/3 was nat gas, but does not really explain why.
• While there have been some issues with natural gas production during this storm, much of that has to do with ERCOT cutting off power to well sites in West Texas.
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Old 02-20-2021, 09:21 AM   #4
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There's probably some truth in there-- there's also some MAJOR BS and misinformation.

Politicians gonna politic.
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Old 02-20-2021, 09:30 AM   #5
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Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT.

The group needs to be renamed, at a minimum remove the word "Reliability". I saw a list of this council, and your article states 2 live out of state. Wouldn't it be better to have regional board members. These folks have blood on their hands.
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Old 02-20-2021, 11:12 AM   #6
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Every time i read something from these people and i hear them talk about spending resources on renewables and not spending money on winterizing or reliability i laugh. What that says to me is before renewables they made all the money off fossil fuels but didn't winterize because profit for share holders over rode the decision to invest the money. Now renewables are cutting into profits so once again instead of giving up profits for the good of the customer they use renewables as the excuse not to winterize. Basically profits are the goal above all else and fingers are pointed at all things aside from that. Millions went without power and froze so these corporations could still make money.

Like someone mentioned above, take care of you and yours cause there is no moral compass in our big corporations. The fight to make as much money as possible at whatever the cost has washed away human decency.
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Old 02-20-2021, 11:20 AM   #7
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• While there have been some issues with natural gas production during this storm, much of that has to do with ERCOT cutting off power to well sites in West Texas. ERCOT assumed the state would have 67GW from thermal sources (gas & coal), but ended up only being able to get 43GW online.



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Not to mention the other 30GW of natty he mentioned that also was not available
Sheets of ice weren't the only things produced from this

He wants to blame renewables when his tried and true fuels didn't show up on a much larger scale
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Old 02-20-2021, 11:28 AM   #8
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He wants to blame renewables when his tried and true fuels didn't show up on a much larger scale
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While there have been some issues with natural gas production during this storm, much of that has to do with ERCOT cutting off power to well sites in West Texas.
We didn't lose power in 83 or 89 but then we had coal power plants and no ercot. Also had less people here but the point is that this should never have happened in Texas.
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Old 02-20-2021, 03:19 PM   #9
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Not to mention the other 30GW of natty he mentioned that also was not available
Sheets of ice weren't the only things produced from this

He wants to blame renewables when his tried and true fuels didn't show up on a much larger scale
More than likely the reason the generation failed is because they were relying TOO much on renewables and had shut down the available gas/coal generation before the storm and could not get them on line when the renewables started to fail. This will get even worse when the figurehead president and GND nuts try and do away with fossil fuel generation and move to wind & solar.
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Old 02-20-2021, 03:36 PM   #10
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https://www.usasupreme.com/images-te...mpression=true

Anyone read this yet? Is this spin or truth?
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Old 02-20-2021, 10:15 PM   #11
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There are some valid points in there, but it’s also from the head of the department in the state of Texas the oversees O&G. To some extent he contradicts himself, he states of 45 mw off line, that 2/3 was nat gas, but does not really explain why.

Tons of finger pointing going on. Some mid level managers for ERCOT and various producers will get fired over this. ERCOT will get reorganized, but not reformed and the next significant weather event will find us all in the same position.

So take care of you and yours
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I’d like to know too. Would not surprise me to have some truth to it
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Old 02-20-2021, 11:18 PM   #12
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I’d like to know too. Would not surprise me to have some truth to it
This was just a Mother Nature induced test run of socialism. Long term power outages, no food on shelves and gas shortages. To use a new modern favorite phrase, “new norm”
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Old 02-21-2021, 11:25 AM   #13
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Anyone read this yet? Is this spin or truth?
You won’t see that on the News
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Old 02-21-2021, 11:45 AM   #14
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Not to mention the other 30GW of natty he mentioned that also was not available
Sheets of ice weren't the only things produced from this

He wants to blame renewables when his tried and true fuels didn't show up on a much larger scale
So wind and solar which is about 20% of the grid dropped 15000 megawatts and fossils and other powers the other 80% dropped only twice what solar/wind did and failed worse? Maybe you should learn how to do number and info comparisons. The fact is both failed in ways but with our massive population that is growing everyday we cannot turn away and shut off these plants that have proven to be more reliable. I like wind /solar but don't believe we will be able to ever move completely to them.
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Old 02-21-2021, 12:35 PM   #15
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This is a pretty good mostly unbiased assessment of what happened based on the information at hand: https://www.woodmac.com/news/editori...s/full-report/
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Old 02-21-2021, 12:58 PM   #16
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Look up the salaries of the ERCOT people on the board! Top person is close to $900,000 with a 40 week work schedule! No one on the board is under $300,000! Lost the link or I would post it!
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