Texas has been cutting back on building gas and coal power capacity, because of their heavy reliance on wind. During this summer’s heatwave, there has been almost no wind – and they are almost out of electricity to run their air conditioners.
October 8, 2009
Texas Wind Boom Cutting into Fossil Generator Profits
By Chris Holly
Can wind turbines actually reduce the amount of fossil fuels consumed? A Wall Street Journal analysis concludes that ERCOT utilities will begin to feel the squeeze in their profits this year and to expect the amount of fossil fuels used to generate electricity to be reduced.
August 3, 2011
The Texas electric grid managers said Tuesday that power demand reached a record level for a second consecutive day as much of the state saw record heat.
Extreme heat was keeping much of Texas on a razor-thin margin between sufficient electric power to keep Texans cool and an energy shortage that could mean rolling electric service interruptions, said Kent Saathoff, ERCOT vice president of system planning and operations.