Renewable energy bet: Texas blackout due to frozen wind turbines


In the United States, unprecedented frosts continue to rage in the country, especially in its southern regions. The power consumption of electricity and its prices are increasing - for example, in Texas, capacity indicators reached 70 GW, setting new historical records. Blackouts began in the southern United States, and wholesale electricity prices reached $ 9 per MW.


To date, temperatures in Dallas, Texas have dropped to 16 degrees below zero Celsius, and spot energy prices have risen by nearly 3,5 thousand percent. But electricity consumption continues to climb, and local operator ERCOT is trying to cap electricity spending to stem explosive price increases by rolling blackouts and blackouts.

The main reasons for the shortage of electricity in Texas are increased demand, triggered by the shutdown of frozen wind turbines, about half of which have ceased to function. Americans are reaping the benefits of short-sighted policy their authorities, which have relied on renewable energy.

Due to severe cold weather, wells in oil and gas fields freeze, which also affects the growth of demand and prices. For example, LNG prices in Oklahoma settled at $ 377 per thousand cubic meters, an increase of 10795 times, Javier Blas, the chief energy correspondent for Bloomberg, wrote on Twitter.
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  1. Dmitry S. Offline Dmitry S.
    Dmitry S. (Dmitry Sanin) 15 February 2021 15: 44
    +4
    Are wind turbines lubricated with rapeseed oil? What else is Green energy, if you need a bunch of factories with mineral or synthetic oils for it, and they will roll paper insulation for the supply?
    1. Just a cat Offline Just a cat
      Just a cat (Bayun) 15 February 2021 15: 48
      +4
      Broken windmills are not recycled but simply buried. They're plastic, Karl laughing
      1. Dmitry S. Offline Dmitry S.
        Dmitry S. (Dmitry Sanin) 15 February 2021 16: 57
        +2
        Is a buried windmill biodegradable? Are composite blades environmentally friendly?
        1. Just a cat Offline Just a cat
          Just a cat (Bayun) 15 February 2021 17: 12
          +7
          Only green energy supporters are biodegradable laughing
          1. Dmitry S. Offline Dmitry S.
            Dmitry S. (Dmitry Sanin) 15 February 2021 18: 04
            +4
            For some reason, they are the ones who do not want to ...
    2. alex5450 Offline alex5450
      alex5450 (Alex L) 16 February 2021 22: 09
      -1
      "Are the volumes of oil product consumed at the fuel oil station and the wind turbine comparable?"
  2. Just a cat Offline Just a cat
    Just a cat (Bayun) 15 February 2021 15: 46
    +3
    The power apparatus of these authorities is able to collect fruits. I lost my job, my house was blown away by a hurricane, instead of water there are chemicals in the tap, no light? Well, be quiet in a rag until the kidneys are in place and the relatives have not lost ...
  3. 123 Offline 123
    123 (123) 15 February 2021 16: 54
    +3
    Recently I came across a mention of similar events in China. They say the population began to worry about the cold batteries. They are such windmills.
  4. Fourth Horseman Offline Fourth Horseman
    Fourth Horseman (Fourth Horseman) 15 February 2021 17: 03
    +2
    Don Quixote should have learned from the Russian Father Frost.
  5. Cyril Offline Cyril
    Cyril (Kirill) 15 February 2021 19: 25
    -4
    Americans are reaping the fruits of their government’s shortsighted policy of relying on renewable energy.

    Again, the author (I don't know who) is sucking the conclusion out of his finger.

    Americans are reaping the benefits of the usual inadaptation of technology to unforeseen operating conditions, and that's it. In Texas, there has never been such frost, the equipment for such conditions was simply not sharpened.

    December 19, 2002 - as a result of the accident at the Yakutsk GRES Yakutsk and central Yakutia were left without power supply. Thermometer that day dropped to -48 ° С.


    November 5, 2006 - Power outages have left millions of people without electricity in several countries in Western Europe. The crash happened in Germany due to a sharp increase in consumption, caused by cold snap.

    Both examples date back to the era before the massive introduction of wind turbines and solar panels.
    1. Dear sofa expert. 15 February 2021 23: 18
      +3
      December 19, 2002 - as a result of an accident at the Yakutskaya GRES, Yakutsk and central Yakutia were left without power supply. The thermometer dropped to -48 ° C that day.

      Yes, but the accident at the Yakutsk SDPP itself was not due to frost, but because of the accident at the 6th power unit and errors in the actions of technical personnel. All 6 power units were cut down, but after 2 hours the power supply of the first two power units was already restored.
      -48 ° for Yakutia is far from uncommon. So the frost was not the reason.

      November 5, 2006 - Power outages have left millions of people without electricity in several countries in Western Europe. The crash happened in Germany due to a sharp rise in consumption caused by a cold snap.

      Also out of topic.
      The "blackout" in Western Europe did not happen because of a cold snap, but because of the planned, temporary, but not coordinated with the rest of the Europeans, the Germans disconnecting capacities from the general network of their E.ON Netz. (by the way, from wind turbines), for the passage of the new cruise liner "Norwegian Pearl" along the canal, which was taken out from Pappenburg to the sea. The grid shortage of 10 gigawatts of power has overloaded the European grid and caused a general energy collapse.

      There was no reason for the cold snap there.

      And in the article, according to the meaning, it is just a speech about the lack of reliability of "green" energy, if it remains without conventional support.
      1. Cyril Offline Cyril
        Cyril (Kirill) 15 February 2021 23: 38
        -3
        1. Ok, according to the examples given by me it is accepted.

        2. No, they just used equipment that was not adapted to extreme cold. For example, if you supply a thermal power plant somewhere in Yakutia without thermal insulation of pipelines and equipment, the result will be the same. I think there are many ways to protect wind turbines from frost and without the support of fuel stations.
        1. Dear sofa expert. 15 February 2021 23: 52
          +4
          I think there are many ways to protect wind turbines from frost and without the support of fuel stations.

          Windmills from frost, solar panels from snow ..
          It's not that it's worthless technology. They are quite effective, just to bet only on them is crazy.
          1. Cyril Offline Cyril
            Cyril (Kirill) 16 February 2021 00: 00
            -3
            Wind turbines from frost

            Yes, I think it's not difficult. Aircraft anti-icing systems do.

            just to bet only on them is crazy

            From what? Protect from extreme temperatures and that's it.
            1. Dear sofa expert. 16 February 2021 00: 31
              +4
              From what? Protect from extreme temperatures and that's it.

              And the snow?
              Will cover the photovoltaic vehicles with snow, will they generate a lot of electricity?
              We'll have to buy their "coal" and "atom" from less advanced neighbors. Is this the "green" concept?

              And "windmills" are effective only at a certain speed (12-16 m / s). With a strong wind, the load on the mechanics is high, after 25 m / s they are usually turned off. So the frost, it turns out, also adversely affects them. This frost can hit once every 10 years and break them to hell, and these are not cheap things. 1 megawatt - roughly speaking, it costs a million. And if it is still "protected", then the profitability will decrease.
              Once again ... I don't think this is bad technology. On the contrary. But betting only on the strength of the wind and sun is nonsense.
              Thermonuclear energy is the future, but for now it is nuclear.
              1. Cyril Offline Cyril
                Cyril (Kirill) 16 February 2021 00: 41
                -3
                Fusion is the future

                Nobody argues with this.

                but for now - atomic

                It's difficult with her - there is all sorts of waste, that-se ..

                And the snow?
                Will cover the photovoltaic vehicles with snow, will they generate a lot of electricity?

                Snow does not fall everywhere. In the same Texas, it is usually not. And with rare anomalous snowfalls in such areas, I don't think that it is impossible to cope.
                1. Dear sofa expert. 16 February 2021 00: 45
                  +3
                  It's difficult with her - there is all sorts of waste, that-se ..

                  Where the parishes come from, there the waste goes. Or out ... into space. What for then "masks" are building their "rocket planes". Here is the body in action.

                  Snow does not fall everywhere. In the same Texas, it is usually not. And with rare anomalous snowfalls in such areas, I don't think that it is impossible to cope.

                  Once unsuccessfully dropped - and the "domino" will be like in Europe in 2006.

                  Who expected so much snow in Europe this year?
                  1. Cyril Offline Cyril
                    Cyril (Kirill) 16 February 2021 00: 55
                    -3
                    Once unsuccessfully dropped - and the "domino" will be like in Europe in 2006.

                    And in Europe in 2006, the power grid flew because of the "green" segment of the energy? There, it seems, there was a break in the power lines.
                    1. Dear sofa expert. 16 February 2021 01: 10
                      +4

                      And in Europe in 2006, the power grid flew because of the "green" segment of the energy? There, it seems, there was a break in the power lines.

                      No, I told you, there was a "planned" disconnection by the Germans of their E.ON Netz from the pan-European network.
                      We disconnected the "cable" for a couple of hours, so that a new Cruise liner built at the Mayer shipyard (Pappenburg) would pass through the canal.
                      The time of disconnection was poorly coordinated with the Dutch, Belgians and French, because of which those who suddenly had a shortage of 10 gigawatts of energy (from E.ON.) They support each other there. Here is the "domino principle" and worked.
                      The fact that E.ON receives mostly green energy from wind turbines did not matter in this case. I didn’t claim it. There was the negligence of the Germans.

                      But the same may well happen if, as I have already given an example: the whole stake will be made on "green" energy, and the "solar panels" will suddenly be covered with snow overnight. Like this year.
                      This did not happen, because the share of "green" is still not so great, and there are still enough "old" power plants that do not allow the "green" to fall on their face.

                      But this will surely happen sooner or later if only wind turbines and batteries are left.
  6. Michael1950 Offline Michael1950
    Michael1950 (Michael) 16 February 2021 19: 24
    0
    - The most environmentally friendly electricity is produced by nuclear power plants. The explored reserves of uranium with a continuing increase in consumption rates are about 5000 years. That they rinse their brains ...
    1. isofat Offline isofat
      isofat (isofat) 16 February 2021 23: 45
      +1
      Americans don't shine in this area.
  7. Barmaley_2 Offline Barmaley_2
    Barmaley_2 (Barmaley) 17 February 2021 01: 41
    0
    I think that all these points globally are unlikely to change the accepted general concept, first of all, by the West for the promotion of renewable energy. This is an integral part of the ongoing construction of a new technological order, although today it is an unprofitable direction and purely technically completely unrealizable with a lot of problems.
  8. Michael1950 Offline Michael1950
    Michael1950 (Michael) 17 February 2021 02: 15
    -2
    Quote: isofat
    Americans don't shine in this area.

    - Oh, these Losers! laughing lol
  9. Fedor Sokolov Offline Fedor Sokolov
    Fedor Sokolov (Fedor Sokolov) 23 February 2021 00: 58
    0
    but in Russia in jerks in the garden it is warmer))) ...