Fossil power plant problems cause Texas blackouts
by Michael Goggin, AWEA Manager of Transmission Policy
Many parts of the state of Texas experienced rolling blackouts today, coinciding with unusually cold temperatures across many parts of the state. Millions of customers statewide appear to have been affected.
It appears that wind energy was not in any way a cause of this event. In fact, wind energy actually played a major role in keeping the blackouts from becoming more severe: Between 5 and 7 a.m. this morning (the peak of the electricity shortage) wind energy was providing between 3,500 and 4,000 MW, roughly the ...