TX and CA: Canaries in the Coal Mine

Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) or Independent System Operator (RTO/ISO)

…TX and CA: Canaries in the Coal Mine… Independent system operators in Texas, i.e, ERCOT, and California, i.e., CAISO, have both recently issued warnings that increased demand for electricity could cause blackouts. Texas experienced devastating blackouts in February, while California Continue reading TX and CA: Canaries in the Coal Mine

Media Launches Texas Counter Attack

Reserve Margin Composition

Texas has suffered terrible consequences as the result of blackouts.

The real reason for the blackouts is that wind and solar are unreliable and shouldn’t be included in reserve margins, but the advocates of wind and solar, with the media’s support, have tried to muddy the waters by pointing to other reasons for the blackouts.
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EPA Warns of Oil Threat (1901)

Word has just reached Washington by telegraph that there has been a huge oil spill in Beaumont, Texas. An oil well was drilled on a dome known as Spindletop and oil is flowing unchecked from the well. There is wild Continue reading EPA Warns of Oil Threat (1901)

The End isn’t Nigh

It’s fascinating to see how frequently people have said we were running out of oil. It even happened before the first oil well was drilled in Pennsylvania. At the time, oil oozed out of the ground and people scooped it Continue reading The End isn’t Nigh

Wind Failure

Once again, investment in wind power has proven to be a failure. This summer the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest and Texas have experienced higher than usual temperatures which have caused peaks in demand for electricity that grid operators could barely manage. Continue reading Wind Failure

EPA Threatens Grid Reliability

As a follow-up to last Friday’s article on the importance of coal if we are to have an abundant supply of low-cost electricity, it’s important to note that rapid closure of coal-fired power plants could create shortages of electricity and Continue reading EPA Threatens Grid Reliability