Category: Wind Energy

Newspaper editors stand by oil and gas

  The rolling blackouts and the frigid weather that gripped Oklahoma last week gave pause for editors at the Enid News and Eagle to suggest…oil and gas are still reliable sources of energy. In an editorial over the weekend, the newspaper took note— ” With respect to the electrical problems faced in Oklahoma and Texas, in …

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ERCOT—so close to months of blackouts in Texas

Reports indicate that the state of Texas, was literally minutes away from possible power outages lasting months, not hours as the historic freeze gripped the state and interfered in power production. As the status of rolling blackouts and power production improved late in the week, Bill Magness, President and CEO of the Electric Reliability Council …

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Wind turbine maker lays off 450 workers in Colorado

  The same day President Biden defended his anti-fossil fuel program and spoke of good-paying renewable energy jobs, ill winds blew at wind-turbine manufacturer Vestas as the company laid off 450 workers at its Colorado manufacturing plants. As reported by the Pueblo Chieftain, the Danish company laid off 120 workers at its tower-manufacturing plant in …

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Frozen wind turbines become hot political issue

  Defenders of renewable energy are firing back claiming frozen wind turbines were not the main cause of the massive power challenges confronting residents of Texas and Oklahoma. The issue melted into a political one between conservatives and liberals. A few days after some observers had noted that wind turbines were frozen in West Texas …

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Climate advisor gets a mild scolding over her middle America criticism

  National Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy recently rubbed someone the wrong way when she said it was time to get “the middle of the country understanding and active on climate.” That someone was Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Republican from Senator who has been a major supporter of biofuels. He didn’t care for her comment about …

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Questions and finger pointing in Texas over the deadly winter storm

  A lot of finger-pointing is going on in Texas where millions lost power in the winter storms that bashed the state, resulting in frozen wind turbines and natural gas operations. Some want to put the blame on the frozen wind turbines which produced a large percentage of electricity in Texas. Others argue, “no, no…it’s …

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Gov. Stitt on blackouts—-‘thank goodness for coal’

  It appears that were it not for stockpiles of coal, the rolling blackout issue in Oklahoma this week would be worse. At least that’s the claim from Gov. Kevin Stitt in a Tuesday morning interview on KWTV News 9. “Thank goodness we had stockpiles of coal at the generation plants because right now, 46% …

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The Texas wind power failure—wave of the future?

  The wind industry and Green Energy advocates took a hit this week when west Texas wind turbines froze in the middle of the Arctic wave that produced zero degree readings in the state—at a time when the wind power was desperately needed to provide warmth for the homes of millions. The rolling blackouts that …

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Winter storm leaves many unanswered questions

    When you consider the definition of the word “planning”, it is pretty simple. “the process of making plans for something.” I believe this week’s severe weather, severe in the fact that it created record cold weather in Oklahoma and throughout the Plains states and resulted in some unforeseen events, raised a lot of …

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Texas wind farms couldn’t produce in freezing weather

  The Arctic weather that settled in over the Midwest hit Texas so hard it resulted in mandated blackouts ordered by the state’s power grid regulators. The state’s massive wind farm operations were especially hard hit by the freezing weather. Millions of households lost electrical power as the unprecedented Arctic freeze also brought chaos in …

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