High energy demand from cold temps combined with supply failure from wind turbines resulted in major power outagesThe deeper reason for the outages is due to government mismanagement and pressure against Texas’ energy independence
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) CEO Bill Magness joined CNN on Friday to explain why the Texas power grid failed under his watch.
“What we saw when the storm came was, the demand on the system spiking to levels we’ve never seen in the winter season in Texas,” Magness began.
“And the supply, also because of the storm, having a lot of the generation plants knocked out as the storm blew through the state.”
“So we had the worst kind of combination we could see, and we got to a point where we weren’t going to be able to serve the demand, and we had to ask for outages that, unfortunately, had to stay in place for days until we could stabilize the system.”
The “demand” part of Magness’ explanation requires no further explanation — people wanted power to heat their homes amid a historic snowstorm.
However, the “supply” part of his explanation requires further examination.
Part of the reason why the energy supply failed was due to the collapse of Texas’ wind generation capacity,which is responsible for 40% of the state’s power — the windmills froze across the state.
As a result, the natural gas sector tried to compensate for the lack of wind power, which then led to a lack of supply due to non-winterized delivery.
Additionally, a memorandum to the state of Texas from the U.S. Department of Energy reveals that ERCOT was ordered to remain within the department’s green energy standards by purchasing energy out-of-state at a higher cost.
In essence, the power grid collapse was exacerbated by the state’s green energy initiative, combined with Biden’s Department of Energy ordering Texas to stay within its green energy standards — in other words, government mismanagement.
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is planning to investigate the outages in the coming weeks, according to Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.).
“Chairman Manchin is staying abreast of the situation in Texas and other impacted areas across the country that left millions of people without power,” said a spokesman for Manchin said Thursday.
“The Committee intends to hold a hearing to examine grid reliability with resilience and affordability front of mind to assess how best to prevent this from happening in the future.”