It seems a plausible explanation for the rhetoric to me: The green Left needs the fake apocalypse of global warming to scare the public it wishes to rule. Therefore windmills — the poster children of renewable energy — must, at all costs, remain blameless in the Texas blackout.
They weren’t blameless, of course. The essence of their complicity boils down to this: Had the windmill owners spent the money to winterize their equipment, the windmills that failed would not have failed.
The obvious stupidity of this kind of reasoning is almost impossible to exaggerate. By the same logic, submarines are a perfectly good type of transportation. Sure, some submarines implode below certain depths, but they only implode because the greedy capitalists who own and operate them don’t spend the money to make them watertight at those depths.
With respect to the Texas power generators, the engineering/business puzzle was at least as complicated as keeping submarines intact. The power generation companies knew that winterization was a problem. What should they have done about it?
A smart move might have been to hire an engineering consultant to propose a solution, if they didn’t have competent engineers in house. Here’s what the engineers would have told them:
- We can design a winterization program for you from scratch and provide a cost estimate for implementing it. We can base it on our own wisdom, or yours, or on the advice Ercot is giving you.
- However, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), which has regulatory jurisdiction in Texas, is working on a set of standards that will be published in a year or so.
- We can price out your options based on any criteria you choose, including probable scenarios that will emerge from the NERC standards when published.
- But we can’t tell you which of the NERC scenarios is most likely, or how they might change after public comment and peer review, or once Ercot gets involved, if it even does.
- In other words, we can price out anything you wish, but we can’t predict the future. Even with the best wisdom we have to offer, you could end up wasting money by spending too little, or wasting money by spending too much (both based on NERC’s final report and its consequences).
Such is the businesss management puzzle that Texas load supply entities faced. Under the circumstances you can see why it is not a cut-and-dry reality that they didn’t winterize before the 2021 storm.
And under the circumstances you can see why it is only idiots strutting their time upon the stage who claim that renewable energy didn’t cause the Texas blackout. The claim is bold and loud, but it signifies nothing.