As thermal power generation, especially coal, has fallen out of favour, it has been scaled back in Texas while the state has seen a tremendous build out of wind and solar. This is very similar to what has been happening in Alberta, and a path Saskatchewan has started to follow. However, as in Alberta, on days the wind does not blow, the grid has become increasingly in peril, as has occurred in Texas on Aug. 27. Alberta issued five “grid alerts” of a similar nature over a three week period last November-December, each time when wind power generation had flatlined.
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