- March 3, 2021
- Posted by: Art Berman
- Category: The Petroleum Truth Report
Almost 8 million Texans lost power and 13 million had no water from February 15 through February 19 because of extreme cold weather.
Explanations for the outages include lack of generating plant winterization, natural gas shortages from frozen wells and pipelines, and poor grid management. These were all factors but the triggers for the power crisis were the failure of electricity generated by wind and poor planning by the state’s grid operator ERCOT.
Temperatures commonly dip below freezing for a few hours on a few winter days in parts of Texas. Last month, temperatures fell into the low-20 degree Fahrenheit range in south Texas (Figure 1). The mean Houston temperature in February is about 57 degrees Fahrenheit. On February 15, it was 20 degrees.
This was the first time since 2011 that a freeze left so many in the state without power. The weekly energy used for space heating during the 2021 crisis was 56% higher than for the crisis week in 2011.
The storm was not a surprise. The state’s grid management company ERCOT ramped up electric power generation a week in advance. In the early morning of February 15, net generation dropped 15 GW (gigawatt hours) from 68 to 53 GW (Figure 2). By early evening, it had fallen another 9 GW to 44 GW. The result was loss of electric power to millions of homes.
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The invention and implementation of national power grids worldwide was no less than “The [Im]moral Case for Economics to Trade Fossil Fuels As If Infinite or Looted, Since the Steam Engine”.
Winterizing the power network in Texas effectively requires Energy enough to add new 63 GWh to the Texans grid – when calculated end-to-end.
In Iraq, what the government did is – it provides the little electricity the 39 million people-country generates (19 GWh) to homes on one side of a street and then the other, at significantly reduced voltage rate (150v instead of standard 220v), for a total of 2 or 3 hours a day – in a good day. Plus, a daily loud promise over the media the grid will improve ‘next season’ – and that is going on now since 2003 – smart!
The government in Iraq needed to tell its citizen, instead: look, there is no enough energy left in the ground. What little left is badly needed in China, India and elsewhere – let’s draft a new Social Contract between us not written with oil!
Sadi Carnot, William Jevons, Rudolf Clausius, Boltzmann, Nikola Tesla, Hubert and schools of other geniuses have dismissed looking at the fact that the Energy supply anyone gets from anywhere anytime is actually a product of colossally more Energy burned somewhere else earlier.
It is here where fossil fuels reserves couldn’t cope, so vanished worldwide in 300 years or so – and that is exactly how fossil fuels are dangerously hypnotic and intoxicating to humans.
Today, arm forces from at least 5 nations are choreographing the guarding of looting the Syrian NE oil – Russia, Iran, Syrian regime, Turkey and the US.
The barrels at the centre of the drama are more or less 4500 barrel of oil p/d.
India consumes 4.5 million b/d. China consumes 17.5+ million b/d.
The contrast between how the 4.5 thousand barrel attracts the Energy of 5 armies but tens of millions of barrels go to China and India as smooth as butter daily – inspires that the world might be actually deep in an Energy Musical Chairs Game.
The situation there in Syria is so surreal and violent for ordinary people, former Senator Tulsi Gubbard has given it a touching comment mentioning forced “Energy Deprivation” in the context, recently.
Is there any truth to the reports that the Feds prevented additional power generation using gas because it would have exceeded pollution limits imposed by the Feds?