More than 2.5 million American electricity customers lost their power Sunday night and Monday morning – primarily in Texas – as wind turbines proved incapable of functioning in cold, icy conditions. Texas power officials instituted rolling blackouts in an attempt to keep the grid from failing, plunging people into the cold and the dark throughout the state. The rolling blackouts are continuing as this article goes to press.

Temperatures dropped to just 4 degrees Fahrenheit Monday morning in Fort Worth. Temperatures dropped to 7 degrees-below-zero in Amarillo as this article went to press.

Since 2015, Texas officials have more than doubled the amount of wind power in Texas, while simultaneously retiring fully operational coal power plants. Wind power, as a result, has surpassed coal power as the second-leading power source in Texas.

Unlike coal and natural gas power, which are available on-demand and are largely impervious to the weather, wind turbines provide power only when wind speeds are in an ideal range. Moreover, wind turbines have proven to be particularly susceptible to icy conditions.

Climate activists have long championed wind power for its asserted reductions in carbon dioxide emissions. Texas public officials have bought into wind power, with Texas now having more than triple the wind power capacity of any other state.

Now, people throughout Texas are forced to endure below-freezing temperatures without any electricity.

James Taylor is the President of the Heartland Institute. Taylor is also director of Heartland's Arthur B. Robinson Center for Climate and Environmental Policy. Taylor is the former managing editor (2001-2014) of Environment & Climate News, a national monthly publication devoted to sound science and free-market environmentalism.


  1. Even though the wind is blowing, a frozen turbine is USELESS!!! Nighttime cold and below frigid temperatures will shut down output for long periods, and there is no guarantee that it will be operational when the thaw eventually comes!!!

  2. Seen turbines on Oregon, Illinois, Iowa ,NY.
    Aren’t these turbines winterized for constant use and not just summertime.

  3. Global warming hysterics caused this power failure, and attendant pipe bursting, deaths, etc. I hate politicians who cave in to the latest dad to appear “caring” to stupid voters

  4. When the wind crapped out ERCOT lost 72% of the wind generation normal while Natural Gas usage shot up 91% due to heating demand. But when NG chocked out- electricity demand skyrocketed due to electric heaters being turned on. That lead to the blackouts.

    Texas electricity markets favor renewable with on demand pricing and does not support baseload generators having adequate supplies nor adequate measures to prevent freezing of equipment. That too contributed to the blackouts.


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