Reliable Green Energy

The helicopter is working just fine!

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21 Responses to Reliable Green Energy

  1. Gary says:

    . . . power outages persist across the state, with more than 4.1 million customers without power. Many of these power outages are concentrated in and around the Houston area.

    Do not confuse ‘customer’ with a population count. A ‘customer’ is an electric meter. A home ‘customer’ means a home with residents that may number in excess of three people.

    The green power people have pushed their wind power program for more than 10 years that has resulted in greatly exaggerating the power outages due to their wind power generators massive failures across the state.

    The green power folks had a vested interest in promoting their product years before the then Governor Rick Perry trying to get approval to build additional electric power generating plants in Texas that were not green energy plants. Governor Perry’s plan was defeated. Please be certain to thank the green power folks for the power outages.

  2. Mark P Kajdos says:

    An excellent example of what happens when you leave the constraint of empirical scientific discovery. Nature wins.

  3. James Henry says:

    Is that a battery powered helicopter? How about the pump for the de-icer? Is the de-icing liquid green?

    If it’s inefficiency you’re after, call the Greens. They are experts at it.

    Australia’s Sky News had a great bit yesterday on Germany’s solar farms all covered in snow.

    The west is governed by fools.

  4. kzvx says:

    …and what powers that helicopter?

  5. Ron says:

    You would think everything would have a backup. Or that wind turbine blades would have a heating system built in.

  6. Daniel Smeal says:

    Rolling blackouts here in eastern NM this morning. Windmill territory.

  7. jeremy collins says:

    And yet there are still people who blame fossil fuels for this situation. Orwellian Doublethink.

  8. Steve says:

    Perfect. Aloha from Hawaii

  9. Bob G says:

    An ice storm is not the only way to shut down one of these big electric generating windmills. They also shut down if it gets too windy roughly 25 mph. And it gets worse, a rural power cooperative manager told me a few years ago that the windmills have to shut down if it hits 20 below zero and then they have to be heated. no big deal in Texas it’s not going to hit 20 below there but it does in Minnesota and North Dakota often. So up north where I live when we have our coldest weather the windmills are not producing electricity instead they’re drawing electricity to keep them warm

    • Gerald Machnee says:

      In Manitoba we were near Minus 30 for a week. However, I am too far away to see the windmills and there was nothing in the news about them.

    • Allan Shelton says:

      And the solar panels are covered with snow.
      And, in the winter the angle of incidence of the sun on the panels is very low.

    • Patrick Healy says:

      One other thing. When these tax guzzlers are shut down due to lack or excess wind, they have to import power to feather them.
      If they are stationary the bearings develop flat spots due their weight thus ruining them.
      But not to worry you/we still pay the owners.

  10. Bob Hoye says:

    There must be enough practical Texans now to condemn wind turbines as a reliable source of electricity.
    And enough to shut them down as well as solar.

  11. G W Smith says:

    Low maintenance green technology.

  12. Greg W Smith says:

    All that taxpayer green money has to go somewhere, and there are lots of entrepreneurs ready to supply the dreamers with windmills and solar panels. But if you want it to work, well that’s an entirely different matter.

  13. The other Brad says:

    When I read some comments from other sources concerning wind power, people from Iowa claim they get 50% of their power from wind. 50%. I’m not smart enough or know where to go to get the actual statistics on daily wind output for Iowa. I’ve looked, but can’t find it. I find it hard to believe it’s 50%.

  14. The other Brad says:

    Iowans claim that wind power generates 50% of their electricity. I find that hard to believe. But I don’t know where to go to find the daily output of Wind Energy for Iowa.

  15. Eric Hatfield says:

    What all this proves is energy sources (regardless of whether they be fossil fuel or ‘green’) must be reliable. They must be available when needed must. When are they needed most? When it’s either hot (typical condition in Texas) or cold.

    I saw an interview with the governor of Texas last night and he mentioned they get about 10% of their electricity from wind and solar (presumed combined). About half of that was taken offline due to weather conditions. I understand there were issues with the natural gas powered electricity plants as well. One thing he did mention was the power demand was similar to a typical hot summer day in Texas. (Not sure that took into account the reduction of costumers that were offline. I don’t recall Texas having rolling blackouts in summer.

  16. gregole says:

    For the life of me I can’t figure out what these wind turbines are good for. Enormous towers of virtue signalling – that’s about it. But the lefty news outlets are blaming fossil fuels.

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