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Frozen Wind Farms Are Just a Small Piece of Texas’s Power Woes

  • Natural gas, coal and nuclear played bigger role in blackouts
  • Blaming reduced wind output ‘is really a red herring’
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Texas in a Deep Freeze as Cold Air Digs Into the Southern U.S. (Source: Bloomberg)
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Don’t point too many fingers at Texas wind turbines, because they’re not the main reason broad swaths of the state have been plunged into darkness.

While ice has forced some turbines to shut down just as a brutal cold wave drives record electricity demand, that’s been the least significant factor in the blackouts, according to Dan Woodfin, a senior director for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which operates the state’s power grid.