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Just another Texas summer….

August 15, 2019

….Reuters news service reported Tuesday that electric usage in Texas will surpass Monday’s high of 74,531 MW and hit 75,100 MW surpassing the record all time high usage of 73,473 MW on June 19th, 2018. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), grid operator for much of the state has more than 78,000 MW of generating capacity to meet demand this summer, but warned low reserves could force it to issue alerts urging customers to conserve energy, before it has to be rationed.

Now I am not a scientist nor someone who knows a lot about climate change, but are we not heading into one of the earth cycles where our temperatures get warmer? Doesn’t the earth ice over for a few thousand years and then the glaciers retreat as the earth gets warmer? Isn’t that why we have found plant life in the arctic that is normally found in the mid-West? Or why evidence that glaciers once covered Eastern Pennsylvania and New York city?

So if we are entering this change in climate to a hotter one where more energy is needed to cool our homes and places where we work why are we pushing to literally double or triple the power demand by switching to electric vehicles? Common sense says that if we are near to using all the electrical capacity we currently have why would we add to that demand?

Oh and don’t forget we are not licensing any more nuclear power plants and we are in the process of shunting down the coal fired ones, so where is the increased electrical power going to come from? Yes I have heard talk of massive state sized solar panel power plants but that would also take state sized areas to house all the batteries for power storage, and what happens when there is a cloudy day?

Electric cars
charged from solar panels
is a wonderful dream
but
I also remember
talk in the 1940’s about
the promise of free, unlimited energy
from fusion reactors
run on water
but 70 years later it too
is still only a dream.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Del Hoskins permalink
    August 15, 2019 3:22 pm

    lots of jobs coming to Texas

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  2. August 15, 2019 7:50 pm

    Texas power increase could be due to the massive amount of Californians moving there. The new migrated Californians are cranking up their AC because they can now afford Texas prices. They can now live it up, unlike the oppression of their home state’s price gouging electrical grid. Anyone remember Eron’s brown outs?

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  3. Bambi Lynn permalink
    August 16, 2019 3:48 pm

    Valid points! I need my ac, we’ve had too many 100+ degree days this month and last month!

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    • August 17, 2019 2:35 pm

      I agree… and am glad it is not like last summer’s string of 100 degree days thatI thought would never end.

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  4. Jon Rukavina permalink
    August 17, 2019 9:36 pm

    I feel for you Pete. Watching the Twins-Rangers game & looks like 97 at game time; 102 tomorrow. Don’t know the heat index.
    Here, the goofy Mpls. mayor & council are continuing to narrow down the streets to accommodate the bike riders while providing more electric plug-ins for this stupidity. Now we have these electirc scooters to add to the mess, Something else for us bus drivers ti watch for.
    To quote a song, “I just wasn’t made for these times.”

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