Energy Politics

Texas blackout false claims about renewable energy

In recent times, Texas has been facing a tough back-out, and several conservative commentators falsely talked about solar energy and wind turbines being responsible for the blackout. Millions of Texas residents are still struggling without power, and commentators claim that renewable energy is primarily to blame. On 18th February, a message from Sid Miller, Texas Agriculture facebook post, claims that Texas should not build another wind turbine since the experiment has been a big-time failure. Via his Twitter account, US Senator, Steve Daines a republican from Montana, commented about the need for reliable energy sources, including gas and coal. And that Texas portrays what happens when the energy is unreliable.

A press conference by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas confirmed that coal, nuclear energy systems, and natural gas were twice as a fault for the destructive blackout. Their fault in the matter outages the solar panels and frozen wind turbines. This council is reliable since it is responsible for operating the state’s power grid and monitoring what happened to Texas’s power system.

Despite the facts, there are various misleading claims worldwide around renewable energy where the Green New Deal and wind turbines received the crash. Recently, a viral photo indicated a helicopter de-icing the frozen wind turbines, claiming a chemical solution to the situation. And the solution has been applied to one of the enormous wind turbines in the state. This image is dated years ago from Sweden. Also, the helicopter was carrying hot water and not chemicals.

Many social media users labeled other renewables as the culprit including, US Rep, Lauren Boebert who claims that the proposal to move to renewables is unsustainable since they are unreliable. However, according to Mark Jacobson, director of the Energy program, the Green New deal is irrelevant in the Texas issue since it doesn’t operate in the United States. Mark claims that Texas’s leading providers of power are natural gas and coal, which is the bulk that is causing a blackout.

ERCOT reports show that in the 45,000 MW offline in the state, 30,000 are from natural and coal, while 16,000 are from renewable sources. The state also relies on wind energy to deliver 25% of its power. However, Joshua Rhodes, University of Texas, research associate, argues that wind energy could not have saved the day if the state depended entirely on it. Emily Grubert, Georgia Institute’s assistant professor, claims that renewables are a famous scapegoat of new problems. And it is always easy for people to see change as the reason for an outcome. However, facts are maintaining the systems is becoming challenging, and people need to find something to blame on for their faults.