Climate Energy

Is Renewables a threat to grid resilience?

Recently, renewables growth has started to multiply. However, with the recent blackout issues in Texas, there are many fears among the people about the matter. Some politicians are using the state’s energy crisis to deliver collective misunderstanding of energy with false claims. Probably you have heard about the blackout issue in Texas that has been running for weeks and the claims in social media about renewables being at fault for the issue? If that is your case, you must be in a dilemma of what to believe, and the critical question is, do renewables have a threat to grid resilience?

In the midst of the crippling cold, snow, and ice that has covered Texas, media personalities, politicians and influencers have taken upon themselves to play the blame game. It is disturbing instead of addressing the real issue, almost all the recent posts on various social media platforms feature the frozen wind turbines taken in Sweden years ago.

The governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, recently appeared on Fox News and talked about how the Green New Deal is a deadly move for the United States. He claims that the renewables are at fault for Texas’s power outage despite acknowledging that Texas only relies on wind for 10% of its power. BBC News was quick to point out some issues in the statement. In a BBC report, they claim that critics blame the loss of almost half of Texas’ power to the frozen turbines despite the fact it only contributes to 10% of the power. And why critics fail to point out that most of the power systems offline use natural and goal energy.

The story trending claims that renewable energy sounds good in theory, but it will be hard to deal with natural events. Former Texas Governor, in a statement, claims that people should reevaluate the move before settling for any decision.

What happened in Texas? Many people play the blame game, but the reality is complex since the power outage results from unique factors working together. It was a perfect storm in a state. ERCOT runs the electric market in Texas and is independent and deregulated. With the blackout, Texas has been facing a balance of supply and demand. Whether renewables are to blame is something many want to know, and like mentioned earlier, it was a storm, and both traditional and renewable energy failed. When renewables faced issues due to natural causes, the traditional energy base failed when needed due to frozen natural gas pipelines.

Experts argue that Texas needs to step back and think through the situations and engineer ways to deal with climate peaks like this in the future.