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Texas power failures
Wind turbines were not the major cause for the power outages in Texas. The main cause was the failure of natural gas-powered electrical plants. A recent Letter to the Editor from Melvin Richardson parrots the false narrative started by the Republican Texas governor, Greg Abbott, and perpetuated on conservative media that wind turbine failures caused the outages. Wind recently has surpassed coal in Texas power generation, which might be causing increased efforts by vested interests to misrepresent facts and disparage renewable energy sources.
Dan Woodfin, the director of system operations for Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which is responsible for about 90% of the power distribution in Texas, stated that frozen wind turbines contributed less than 13% of the outages. The major losses came from outages at natural gas-powered electrical generation. Wind turbines might have exceeded the amount of wind-powered generation that normally is expected this time of year, even though some units were down.
ERCOT could not purchase power from other states, a common practice across the rest of the country. That power grid is not connected to other states, apparently to avoid federal oversight. Texas suffered a similar situation in 2011, before the growth of wind power. Even after extensive recommendations, Texas has failed to improve the reliability of its power grid to severe winter events.