This is a real world example why alternative fuels do not work when it's really needed.If Texas didn't have wind turbines, millions would be nice and warm today with good fossil fuels like oil, gas, and electricity. But, no! They needed wind and solar! In Texas of all places?
AustinAmerican Statesman reports nearly half of Texas' installed wind power generation capacity has been offline because of frozen wind turbines in West Texas, according to Texas grid operators.
Wind farms across the state generate up to a combined 25,100 megawatts of energy. But unusually moist winter conditions in West Texas brought on by the weekend's freezing rain and historically low temperatures have iced many of those wind turbines to a halt.
As of Sunday morning, those iced turbines comprise 12,000 megawatts of Texas' installed wind generation capacity, although those West Texas turbines don't typically spin to their full generation capacity this time of year.
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