Texas is the most productive state for wind power. The Lone Star State pumps out 18,000 MW of wind generation capacity. And that’s not counting an additional 5,500 MW of possible further capacity, which is equal to California’s entire installed wind capacity.
The West Texas oilfields have an energy problem. Reliance on wind power in West Texas — a unreliable energy source that is itself too reliant on massive government subsidies — has threatened the reliability of the energy market in that region and statewide.
The problem is the renewable energy industry hasn’t yet built the infrastructure needed to deliver the power where it’s needed. In Texas, it’s mostly generated by an $8 billion transmission system built to bring electricity from West Texas to the state’s big cities in the south and east. But this relatively new transmission system is already reaching capacity.
And Texas is learning how costly it can be to harness the wind. The current transmission system isn’t enough to handle the Lone Star State’s needs. And now the state is being forced to spend hundreds of millions more to upgrade the system. 4,000 MW of new generation are expected in the Panhandle over the next several years. But those projects could be curtailed if capacity isn’t increased- Raphael Telis PhD
Wind turbines are pushing Texas’s power grid to the limit, despite more than $8 billion invested in green infrastructure, according to a report published Friday in the Technology Review, by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
“Texas is learning just how costly it is to wrangle the wind,” MIT researchers found.
Texas is already spending $8 billion, but the state’s utilities and transmission companies will have to spend hundreds of millions more to upgrade the system enough to transport electricity from wind-rich West Texas to market in East Texas, the report found. Texas’ new wind turbines also place dangerous stress on the power grid, potentially leading to blackouts.
“Wind power suffers from two fatal flaws: unfortunate geography and unreliable output,” Travis Fisher, an economist at the Institute for Energy Research, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “In Texas, much of the wind generation is in regions where relatively few people live. To get that electricity to more densely populated regions it took an $8 billion dollar transmission buildout.”…
…grid operators have to keep excess conventional power reserves running. Power demand is relatively predictable over time and conventional power plans, like nuclear plants and natural gas, can easily adjust output.
“However, even with new transmission lines in place, there is no way around the intermittent nature of wind production,” Fisher continued….
The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is currently investigating how green energy undermines the reliability of the electrical grid. FERC believe there is a ‘significant risk’ of electricity in the United States becoming unreliable because “wind and solar don’t offer the services the shuttered coal plants provided.”…
This type of damage has already occurred in Germany and in other grids that rely too much on solar and wind power- like California.
Germany has been minimizing the damage by paying consumers to take excess power and asking wind and solar producers to switch off when they’re not needed. Germany paid wind farms $548 million last year to switch off…
Due to the damaging effects green energy has had on Germany’s grid, the government plans to cap the total amount of wind energy at 40-50% of national capacity…By 2019, Germany will get rid of 6.000 MW of wind power capacity…