The Texas power grid suffered extensive shutdowns last week as components involved in natural gas, coal, nuclear and wind energy production froze.
When wind power failed, which makes up 25% of Texas’ energy supply, natural gas picked up the slack, for a while, until it too failed.
Local media claims wind is not the culprit, citing a university professor blaming natural gas.
Texas became the nation’s leader in wind energy production after then Governor Rick Perry signed a 2005 mandate to increase Texas’ renewable energy to 5,880 megawatts by 2015.
Perry cited power diversification and jobs, not global warming or climate change as reasons for the mandate.