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ERCOT’s power blip

Hard to believe, as hard as the wind is blowing today, threatening to lift my cap and toss it into the street when I was out and about an hour ago, that the wind actually stopped last night in West Texas, which hampered, but didn’t kill, the Texas power grid:

"Texas produces the most wind power of any state and the number of wind farms is expected to increase dramatically as new transmission lines are built to transfer power from the western half of the state to more populated areas in the north."

We didn’t know a thing about the emergency at the rancho, nor did any other residential customers. ERCOT’s industrial customers absorbed it, as per arrangement. It’s nice being on a state-wide grid, unaffected by whatever happens to electricity elsewhere in the country.