Although most agencies have turned their attention to frozen wind turbines, most outages were caused by other energy sources, including coal, nuclear, and natural gas, which produce a significant percentage of power in the state during the cold months. Frozen blades made the turbines inoperable.
For renewable power critics, the current power crisis shows the need to reevaluate the state’s grid’s reliability. However, they’re skeptical that initiatives to slow wind and solar power will increase. The winter storm affected multiple forms of power generation.
Texas doesn’t have typical policies for renewable energy that can be modified according to changing needs. U.S. oil prices skyrocketed to $60 per barrel for the first in the last 12 months despite the trajectory being upward amid vaccine approvals and stimulus programs.
Utility companies are struggling to keep the lights on, which has been one of the top reasons for high power prices. Also, companies are buying at any price due to contractual obligations. The increased cost may end up in local consumers’ utility bills.
Natural gas prices increased by 3% last week after surging over 7%. For the month, the prices have skyrocketed by about 26%. Some people believe renewable energy sources led to blackouts. However, the outages were due to issues relating to natural gas production.
Some experts expect a slowdown in the adoption of renewable sources and increased demand for natural gas. Although renewables weren’t the root cause of the current crisis, they’re intermittent sources. Innovative energy storage facilities are vital in making renewables more dependable.