Recall all the dreams that you once used to know
- Apr 29, 2004
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From what I've read, 20% of the energy in Texas is produced from wind power. Almost all of the rest comes from fossil fuels and nuclear.I dug up this thread because I have some questions that seem best fitting to post here. Before, I ask them; I want to say that I live about 10-15 miles away from a large grouping of wind turbines that are located in Ohio. While I don't know how those living near them may feel, from my perspective they are pretty as they gracefully spin in the wind. The evening skies look festive throughout the year as they are lit up with flashing red lights.
I'm not sure how long they have been there, but my guess is that it has been at least 10 years during which time I have never heard of them not being able to function due to an accumulation of ice which leads me to believe that Texas either had one heck of an ice storm or that there was something wrong with the turbines located there. Of course, a wind turbine that doesn't turn does no good and I would think the same may be true for solar panels that may be covered with a blanket of snow.
So, what I'm trying to understand is this: Was Texas so reliant upon those turbines that they weren't prepared with an alternate source? Or, is there more to all this where the non-functioning turbines were only a part of the problem?
The failures are being blamed on an unwillingness to spend the money to winterize the entire system. I don't have any links for you, but this analysis isn't difficult to find.