On Sunday evening, the quasi-governmental agency overseeing Texas’ power grid issued a conservation plea related to Monday’s scorching forecast. The high heat will place demands on the grid as Texans try to cool off – just as the weather forecast calls for almost no wind.

The Energy Reliability Council of Texas is warning Texans to conserve energy between 2 and 8 p.m.

This is happening, explains energy policy expert Bill Peacock, because of the state’s reliance on so-called “renewable” power sources.

ERCOT itself admits its “projections show wind generation coming in less than 10 percent of its capacity.”

“Essentially, wind is going to be a no show today,” writes Peacock on his commentary website, Excellent Thought. Peacock is also the host of The Liberty Cafe podcast, presented by Texas Scorecard.

Lawmakers have cajoled the state’s electricity generators into spending $56 billion on wind farms, that will – just like during the deadly winter storm of 2021 – sit idle. Peacock writes that money has been wasted, since power is not available when Texans need it most.

“If that amount had been put into natural gas generation, Texans would not be under a statewide ‘conservation appeal’ and wondering if their lights and air conditioners will stay on today,” concludes Peacock.

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, and a dog. Check out his podcast, Reflections on Life and Liberty.

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