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Posted: 02/18/21 08:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The drop in generation is much larger than what wind could have replaced.

Everyone likes to compare wind generation vs total capacity as the key for the failure of wind. How about we examine NG and coal generation vs capacity?

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The drop looks like about 2500 GW, the drop in wind power was 1500. The only reliable power source was nuke and Texas only has two. Instead of wasting money on wind and solar they should have built 2 or 3 more nuke plants then they would not be in this fix.


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Wrong
They should have spent money ensuring generation and NG production and distribution was viable in cold temperatures.

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BCSnob wrote:

Wrong
They should have spent money ensuring generation and NG production and distribution was viable in cold temperatures.


Right throw money at a failure rather than reinforce success. Nuke power is the only reliable base loaded non-polluting power source that we have right now. Build base loaded nuke plants and fossil fuel peaking plants.

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Posted: 02/18/21 09:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Putting money into ensuring thermal generation is reliable at temperatures below 30F is a waste (including the offline nuclear plant)?

Nuke plants are non polluting; but there’s that sticky issue of waste disposal.

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BCSnob wrote:

Putting money into ensuring thermal generation is reliable at temperatures below 30F is a waist (including the offline nuclear plant)?


Is there a point being made in that?

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The point is, Texas currently has enough thermal capacity for the demand IF all of it was online. Having more nuke plants that are not designed to run all year long is a waste of money

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My point is that they should have spent that money on base loaded nuke plants in the first place and those plants would run all year long. Plants usually have a 2 to 4 week outage once or twice a year but that are scheduled in mild weather spring and fall by the state grid authority.
They never should have succumbed to green power theater in the first place.

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I’d be onboard with nuke once the waste disposal issue has been resolved.

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It is highly probable that our future is going to rely on all sources of power; using each where it works best; including green power. This entire topic would be better served by discussing how to best use what sources we have instead of slamming any particular source.

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