Texas has the fifth largest windpower fleet in the world — bigger than everyone except China, the USA, Germany and India.
But then they had a storm blow down from the Arctic, as has happened before, instead of the expected global warming. Their turbines weren’t prepared for cold weather (de-icers are expensive), and most failed. Power shortages ensued, and the price of electricity went way, way up.
Some electricity consumers had be lured onto “variable” power plans. Oh dear.
The rolling blackouts that plunged up to 15 million Texans into darkness amid a historic cold snap are diminishing by the end of the week. …
Days after power prices jumped from $50 per Megawatt to more than $9,000, the horror stories pour in for those who had power this week during grid chaos as they are mind-boggled how their energy bills skyrocketed.
Royce Pierce told Newsweek he owes electric company, Griddy, $8,162.73 for his electricity usage this month. He said that’s a massive increase from his usual $387 bill.
“It’s mind-blowing. I honestly didn’t believe the price at first,” Pierce said.
“It’s not a great feeling knowing that there is a looming bill that we just can’t afford.” …
Ty Williams told WFAA that his average electric bill is around $660 per month. He said it now stands at $17,000.
Williams wondered: “How in the world can anyone pay that? I mean you go from a couple of hundred dollars a month… there’s absolutely no way…it makes no sense.”
Go woke, go broke. That’s because it is motivated by ideology and moral vanity, rather than cold hard economics and engineering.
It’s so cold in Texas homes that fish tanks are frozen. pic.twitter.com/IRuDjpG5Af
— Cleavon MD (@Cleavon_MD) February 18, 2021