Texas: Peak Load Utilization and Renewable Energy

In response to mail on the Reasons for the Texas Winter 2021 Energy Crash, Reader Korev asserts confidently:

Solar energy will never be able to provide the electricity needed during peak demand. Demand peaks when the sun decreases.

It’s always good to look at the actual data. Here is an image of peak traffic in Texas on June 13, 2022:

Source: Fox7Austin.

Peak usage was at 6:00 pm CST.

Sunset in Houston on June 13 was at 8:23 pm CST.

Of course, the whole point mail was how renewable energy (including wind) mitigated rather than exacerbated the difficulties Texas had in meeting demand. Renewable energy sources include wind, and wind makes up the bulk of Texas’ renewable energy production.

This does not mean that there are no problems with reliance on renewable energy sources; as stated in Dallas Fed articlegreater transmission capacity (i.e., essentially making electricity generation more tradable) and greater battery capacity (which is coming) will be essential to meet growing and more volatile demand as climate change continues.

In the meantime, stay tuned for the full facts that the disinformation spreaders are spreading.