Friday, February 29, 2008

About That Wind Power...


That's what the Electric Reliability Council of Texas said when it cut off electricity to some customers because of a drop in wind generation.

A drop in wind generation late on Tuesday, coupled with colder weather, triggered an electric emergency that caused the Texas grid operator to cut service to some large customers, the grid agency said on Wednesday.

Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) said a decline in wind energy production in west Texas occurred at the same time evening electric demand was building as colder temperatures moved into the state.

I always thought wind power in Texas was a great idea. Anybody who's spent time in Midland or Amarillo knows that the wind blows there. A lot.

But apparently, not always and not enough.

Seems like I've seen somebody touting wind generation before. Hmm. Where could that be? Oh, yeah. Here. Haven't seen any discussion there about this latest inconvenience, but that's not really surprising.