12 Aug '11, 4pm

Why is it so hard to acknowledge wind power as reliable source? Windpower helped tame the recent Texas heat.

Talk about ingratitude: Robert Bryce, who lives in Texas, attacks wind power, which helped protect him from rolling blackouts last week, in a new National Review article. Mr. Bryce may want to check in with the company that operates the Texas utility system to get his facts straight before he writes his next article. In fact, the Texas system operator, ERCOT (Electric Reliability Council of Texas), has been very clear that wind energy was the crucial factor keeping the lights and AC on for hundreds of thousands of Texans during last week's power shortages: "Doggett [Trip Doggett, ERCOT CEO] said Monday that recently installed coastal wind farms — as opposed to the larger West Texas wind generation — provided crucial power at just the right time ." So what did cause last week's power shortage? It turns out that unexpected failures at around 20 fossil-fired power plants cut ...

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