Climate changes Energy

How Texas storm exposed an energy grid unprepared for climate changes

The Texas blackout incident includes the most-heated trends on the planet. Why not when everyone is trying to give an opinion on what happened in Texas. A recent devastating winter storm has taken Texas into a power crisis state. It serves as a warning to President Biden‘s administration as it seeks ways to deal with some events in the future. The situation indicates the danger of extreme weather and its risk as the country works on ways to transit to renewable energy. It is a wake-up call for researchers to step back and think of an event where renewables and all wind turbines freeze services a state.

Currently, generating electric power from renewables is challenging, but an equally crucial area is in the storage sector. The latter will help in the future in case of a place experiences harsh weather conditions. Texas was a center of electric outage after the primary electric grid faced issues due to the deep freeze and the demand rose as people try to heat their homes to deal with the cold. With the high-demand and some failed systems, everything failed.

Utility officials confirmed that wind and solar energy are partly to blame for the state’s power outage, contrary to the circulating rumors that renewables are at fault from critics. Still, this experience is an eye-opener that we cannot ignore and how the US energy sector is not prepared in case of climate-related pikes and increase in power demand. This challenge will likely grow since the US tends to rely more on wind and solar power. The two renewables are ‘intermittent’ because they are prone to harsh weather conditions and don’t offer power 24/7.

Experts claim that the US will have to focus on storing a battery in harsh climatic pikes. One of the essential tools is the big batteries which use new technologies to store power but have only started to work large-scale recently. The CEO of North American Electric Reliability Corp claims to rely on the battery as the backup plan is risky. Innovations are necessary since what we have now is unreliable.

There is the issue with natural gas and coal power plants being at fault, too, in Texas’s case. Utility officials in Texas were prepared for such an event with over 67,000 MW, but 34,000 MW lost their power when the demand rose. These details show how climate changes led to an electric power outage in the country. President Biden is working on the net-zero emission target, but before that, the storage issue is something we must solve. The available batteries will not serve in harsh climatic conditions, and even if they do, they won’t last long. These facts call for a need for experts to come up with a stable electric storage project.