There are certain things you just cannot do, even if they might be good ideas in theory, on account of where you live.
For example, my stepfather, a former civil engineer in the military, still lives in northern Michigan. He has a generator that he has hooked to the side of his house that is basically one big battery. He has solar panels sitting on the roof of his home. However, he doesn’t use them all the time because if you live that far north you know that in the winter you only get so many hours of daylight.
What he did do though, is pure genius. He figured out a way to get a small electric turbine hooked into the vents that send heat from his wood stove and uses that to power things in an emergency in the winter. The point is, all of the nice things that some people say about solar…. are all stopgap solutions at the best.
In the name of environmentalism, many on the left have proposed switching the nation’s energy from reliable fossil fuels to new green energy sources that rely on the good fortune of clear skies and proper wind velocity to power America. As if that weren’t enough cause to hesitate to indulge in such wishful thinking, another vulnerability has become painfully apparent as a third of the contiguous U.S. was plunged into subzero temperatures Monday due to a polar vortex weather pattern, according to CNN.
Not only have freezing temperatures created an excessive draw on the power grid as residents struggle to keep warm, but generating electricity has also become a major issue for areas that rely on sources such as solar and wind power.
In Texas, freezing temperatures and winter precipitation have caused some of the state’s wind turbines to seize up, costing 12,000 megawatts in power on an already taxed state grid, according to the Austin American-Statesman.
In addition, The Dallas Morning News reported that 2 million Texans did not have power Monday due to the stress on the state’s power supply and the necessary implementation of rolling blackouts.
Alex Epstein, an author and the founder of Center for Industrial Progress, summed up the problem in a tweet Monday.
“As I write this,” he captioned a chart of the supply shortfall and demand increases, “the wind-dependent Texas grid is experiencing rolling blackouts, prices the equivalent of $900 per Tesla charge, and an expected supply shortage of 10 GW–the amount of electricity needed to power 5 million homes or 8 time-traveling DeLoreans.”