Longtime readers of this blog may find this posting of interest.
The evening of February 2, 2011, with record cold spreading south behind the “Groundhog Day Blizzard” that affected the Midwest, I wrote this blog posting. The headline is below:
That posting set off a firestorm with the pro-wind forces who said, correctly, that earlier in the day, the wind generated significant amounts of electricity.
The problem with their responses was my posting was that it went up on the blog just before 10pm and it was written in present and future tense. The amount of wind that had been generated earlier was irrelevant to what I wrote regarding the people of Texas being warned to cut back on electricity use the night of the 2nd and on the 3rd to prevent further brownouts.
Total power use is green, scale at left. The wind output is the blue line, scale at right. I believe this is the genuine data because it shows peaks of approximately 6,400 megawatts earlier on the second which is what the wind advocates claimed. However, the wind power rapidly fell off to nearly zero by the evening of the following day (orange arrow).
My post went up on the blog at the time of the red arrow. There was an uptick in wind power just after midnight, then the output rapidly fell as I contended.
Wind power did little to add to the total power available to the state of Texas late in the evening on the second and throughout the third.
Glad we could put this to rest.