POLL QUESTION: Can ERCOT take the heat?


It's summer time, which means it's hot outside in most places, and that most people want to use their air conditioners to keep cool. This is not partisan, this is not new.

But what is relatively new, is that in California, the 'champion' of green energy, they are experiencing frequent power alerts with the the threat of rolling blackouts. How is that possible? With so much solar power under the hot summer sun? And with so many people leaving the 'golden state' because of it's ridiculous cost of living, and whacked out government?

They love to say "clean and reliable energy", it sounds good doesn't it? Well, there's a dirty little secret. That reliable energy is unreliable.

In a recent, extremely well written piece by Chuck Devore from the Texas Public Policy Foundation, it explains everything you need to know about the problems in California, and how we compare here in Texas. But basically, the solar power works in the day, and then at night, California is still required to 'import' power from other surrounding states that are a part of the Western grid. And that becomes a real problem for everybody on days of extreme heat.

So are we becoming the next California here in Texas? "We all certainly hope not" said David Holt, the president of the Consumer Energy Alliance, "That would be disastrous."

That leads us to the poll question today.


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