Texas ERCOT power shortages (again) April 13

Niels Bakker niels=nanog at bakker.net
Wed Apr 14 16:07:48 UTC 2021

* brian.johnson at netgeek.us (Brian Johnson) [Wed 14 Apr 2021, 17:37 CEST]:
>Not what I was saying. The demand for virtue-signaling green energy 
>is not an effective strategy to actually having power available.

The relevant virtue that's signaled with green energy is that its 
MWh prices are WAY lower than traditional fossil fuel-based generators.

>I appreciate the nuances, but the need to imply that a profit motive 
>was the issue is not proven. This issue was NOT foreseeable except 
>with the perfect reverse 20/20 vision. It’s like saying that I 
>shouldn’t have built the house where the tornado hit.

I've not done exhaustive research of the situation in Texas (although 
I am a stakeholder, being a customer in several datacentres there) but 
I'd be surprised if https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regulatory_capture 
had nothing to do with it.

	-- Niels.

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