Texas blackouts fuel false claims about renewable energy

February 17, 2021 ☼ texaspower-failuregoplies

Source: MPR News - Link

With millions of Texas residents still without power amid frigid temperatures, conservative commentators presented a false narrative that wind turbines and solar energy were primarily to blame.

“We should never build another wind turbine in Texas,” read a Tuesday Facebook post from Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller. “The experiment failed big time.”

“This is a perfect example of the need for reliable energy sources like natural gas & coal,” tweeted U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, a Republican from Montana, on Tuesday.

In reality, failures in natural gas, coal and nuclear energy systems were responsible for nearly twice as many outages as frozen wind turbines and solar panels, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which operates the state’s power grid, said in a press conference Tuesday.

At least ERCOT is somewhat accurate in its explanation, but the groundwork is being laid for another hoax blaming renewables. It won’t fix the actual problem.