“Now, I thought that the whole problem in Texas is because of the renewable electricity sources and YOU want to spend more money on Solar???”
Actually, TX is building GW of solar, but needs even more.
In the summer time, wind power drops to minimal levels. Same in winter.
So…for summer demand, we need more solar - lots more…but of course, the sun doesn’t shine at night…so you need lots of NG and nuke power to get you through dinner hour and the night. Wind picks up a bit after daily doldrums.
In Spring and Fall, wind power can provide, at times, 35% of all power used in TX.
Right now, OK is seeing 110F type temps and it’s grid and power generators are maxxed out. NO spare power.
NM has been right at critical levels for two months now…
there’s no power to ‘borrow’…from anywhere within 500 miles.
Oh, and KS is hitting record type temps too with ‘heat alerts’.
Of course, TX power generation is 15 times larger than the state of NM, and 10 times larger than the state of OK…
Minor detail…there’s 2 million people in the entire state of NM. There’s 28.5 million in TX.
You think they have 3000% spare capacity for TX? to borrow say 3 gigawatts?
Minor detail…there’s 4 million people in the entire state of OK. 28.5 million in TX. You think that OK generates extra gigawatts to lend to TX? Ha…
There’s 4.5 million folks in LA. You think they have 500% spare capacity to loan, say 3 or 4 gigawatts to TX?
I keep hearing about ‘not connected to the grid’…but it would be thousands and thousands of miles to get to places that have extra gigawatts to spare…on a regular basis…to borrow.