So as many of my loyal fans know, I live in South Texas, and we had a little bit of a weather issue last week. We made it through okay, had some power outages, low water pressure, etc. But overall I can't complain. Lots of other folks had it far worse. Here the temperature hit a low of 17 Deg F and it STAYED below freezing for several days. Where I live, the lows broke records that were set in 1895. That is what caused all the problems.
I'm sure that a lot of you are asking "How could a State with tremendous energy resources have gotten into such a fix." Well it didn't happen overnight. It was the result of lots of decisions over the years. It's obvious that the power system wasn't able the cold weather, but the question is why? Already the political finger pointing has begun.
(1) A lot of ink has been spilled about how the renewables (wind) froze up and failed. However in much colder areas, wind turbines run just fine. It's that they weren't winterized properly. The same thing applies for the gas fired plants. They dropped offline due to inadequate winterization, not because they use fossil fuels.
(2) Most homes here use a heat pump to heat them . However, they don't work so good at very low temps. So these units have a backup system call a heat strip. It's basically a grid of high electrical resistance. When an electric current is passed through, it gets very hot. This heats up the air passing over it which is then circulated throughout the building. Imagine millions of homes kicking this hideously inefficient system on at the same time!