At 2/23/21 11:20 AM, Yomuchan wrote:
What actually happened with the wind turbines? Were they designed by people who never design infrastructure for cold areas?
the state created a separate power grid from the rest of america so that they wouldn't need to follow federal regulations concerning safety and weatherization, and now their power sources (natural gas, oil, win, solar, nuclear) have breaks in their infrastructure so that the power can't get where it needs to go
which leaves the rest of texas' grid unable to keep up with the power demand of the rest of the state without risk of blowing up what's left of their existing grid
power companies tried to save a few bucks by avoiding weatherizing for cold weather and now their entire system has gone to shit
of course, the owners of the companies are actually really, really happy about the results of this disaster, because it allowed them an excuse to upcharge their electricity and make huge profits in the middle of this disaster
so basically, unregulated capitalism happened; business owners cut corners to decrease costs, then profited on the backs of those who suffered the consequences for their actions
Also, is it true that the federal government denied the local state authorities the means to increase their power output?
the federal government has no authority over texas' grid
state officials aren't allowing more power to flow because it would melt what little of their grid is left and make the problem worse
you can't just indefinitely increase the output, eventually the wires melt and/or transformers blow up if you bypass the overcurrent protective devices
texas physically can't handle the strain on their system, right now