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Because the wind wasn’t blowing. Utilities pair natural gas plants with wind farms, in order to burn gas, which can be ramped up and down more quickly than coal, when the wind isn’t blowing.
Which raises the question: since natural gas is reliable, why do we need the wind farms? The answer is, we don’t. When the wind isn’t blowing–as it wasn’t yesterday–natural gas supplies the electricity. It also heats homes, and with bitter cold temperatures and no wind, there wasn’t enough natural gas to go around. The resulting “brownout” has been a political shock in Minnesota.
Natural gas also heated the homes of approximately 66 percent of Minnesotans this week, by far the most for any home heating fuel, but there wasn’t enough gas to combat the frigid temperatures.
Because of the extreme cold, Xcel Energy urged its natural gas customers in Becker, Big Lake, Chisago City, Lindstrom, Princeton and Isanti to reduce the settings on their thermostats, first down to 60 degrees, then to 63, through Thursday morning to conserve enough natural gas to prevent a widespread shortage as temperatures remained 14 below zero. Some Xcel customers in the Princeton area lost gas service, and Xcel reserved rooms for them in nearby hotels.
originally posted by: BeefNoMeat
You’re conflating nat gas as the feedstock for electrical energy, the article is strictly referencing thermal energy.
Go ahead, tell me I’m wrong.
Nat gas has a nice little thing going — transition fuel and will always be the most cost-efficient means of heating (thermal energy).
Now if you would have been clever enough to spill this drivel during a heat wave, sweeping the Midwest saying, “see, your green energy is a farce because we’re cranking the peak load IGCC and Carbon is being emitted, while your solar arrays bake birds....”
Geothermal is a source that is pretty much constant . . .
For many years, geothermal technology has been trialled but not brought to fruition.
well proven though not widely used
www.greenmatch.co.uk... Forty years of trying hasn't yet been enough effort. Flogging a dead horse is a waste of energy.
. . . projects are not attracting enough commercial interest. More effort needs to be put in proving the resources are viable . . .
So not only did our Gov pay huge subsidies to build these wind farms, both direct and in direct subsidies to companies like Dong and Siemens. They are now paying the energy companies MORE to not produce electric than if they were producing electric. What world do we live in?