Renewable energy is ‘bailing out’ Texas as surging demand strains power grid: report

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      https://www.alternet.org/2022/06/renewable-energy-bailing-out-texas/

      Renewable sources of energy are “bailing out” the Texas power grid as early summer temperatures spike and demand surges, CNN reported on Tuesday. The boost has prevented a recurrence of the blackouts which plagued Texas during the winter months of 2021 when electricity usage exploded, overwhelming providers and transmission networks.

      “Several experts told CNN that it’s owed in large part to strong performances from wind and solar, which generated 27 gigawatts of electricity during Sunday’s peak demand — close to 40% of the total needed,” the outlet said.

      CNN noted that while Republicans in the politically crimson Lone Star State have been reliably outspoken about their opposition to sustainable sources such as wind and solar, Texas “has a massive and growing fleet of renewables. Zero-carbon electricity sources (wind, solar, and nuclear) powered about 38% of the state’s power in 2021, rivaling natural gas at 42%.”

      Michael Webber, an energy expert and professor at the University of Texas at Austin, explained that “Texas is, by rhetoric, anti-renewables. But frankly, renewables are bailing us out. They’re rocking. That really spares us a lot of heartache and a lot of money.”

      Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

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