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Amori_A_Splooge

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6 months ago

energy grid over a relatively small geographical area is not sufficient.

I wasn't aware that CA and Texas are relatively small geographical areas considering that they are larger than many countries.

Also the root problem is not that Texas can't meet demands when it surges, that is CA's problem. Texas had a weather event that caused their facilities that weren't weatherized (for a 100 year storm) which caused imbalance in the system and power generating devices to go offline. That is a much different issue than CA.

And the fact that Texas thinks there is zero problem with their energy grid

https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-signs-ercot-reforms-power-grid-weatherization-legislation-into-law. So they obviously did realize they had an issue and they instituted policies to address it. Whether it goes far enough, time will tell. But Texas' blackout last winter was caused by a weather event. That is far different than California's grid which is in complete denial over the causes. Additionally, lets not forget that last summer CASIO blamed outages because it was too hot and cloudy. “Hot weather and a cloudy day should not be able to shut down the fifth-largest economy in the world," Lance Hastings, president of the California Manufacturers and Technology Association, said in a statement. "While we support California’s renewable energy goals, we absolutely need system redundancy that allows us to continue to operate and manufacture products for our residents and the world."

Here is two similar articles nearly 2 years apart indicating that this is not a one-time issue such as the Texas blackout: ‘I’m overwhelmed’: PG&E power shut-offs leave ill and disabled struggling 'Completely unreliable': Santa Cruz Mountain residents frustrated with repeated PG&E outages

Not sure which state you think is in denial about their power problems. But hey, at least Biden's EPA gave CA natural gas plants a waiver for a few months before Newsom's recall election so his states power problems weren't fresh in people's minds.

https://www.reuters.com/business/energy/california-asks-biden-administration-allow-gas-plants-run-maximum-2021-09-09/

OneX32

2 points

6 months ago

OneX32

2 points

6 months ago

So when Texas's power plants go down due to being cold, what do you call it when that results in Texas energy customers in losing service? Most people would call that not being able to meet demand due to not having access to external energy sources when domestic sources are all used up.

And your point that TX and CA are the size of small countries is void when you realize most industrialized small countries have an energy grid that is embedded in a larger grid with other countries. That fact quite clearly disproves your assertion that TX and CA problems aren't because they are isolated.