I think the 2021 texas power outage was one more fork in the road, some people said it was proof that they need more fossil power, others that more renewable was needed. And there are examples of individuals reacting in both ways for each camp to point to, some people with the new ford F150 with powerboost hybrid served them well running the flat screen and coffee pot on 1/4 tank of gasoline, others lived in their Teslas or had power walls. both solutions out of the reach of a lot of people due to the cost.
Being that part of the problem was that gas well heads and pumping stations froze, and the power outage knocked off so many petrochemical plants. which then in turn raised prices for NG in the network that Texas distributes to, and now gasoline and plastics prices are up for everybody. But that the rest of the county is depending on, and pumping money into this situation in normal times, that is really the background problem. Texas seems to have a few calamities a year, why do we put up with this? my casual observation is that every hurricane that could hit the gulf sends oil traders into a frenzy and the speculation drives prices up.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/one-week-t ... 1615973401
With WSJ if you cannot read it, try stop loading the page before the banner comes up, or click F12 and point select then delete the html code that is active for the banner to read the text.
Here is weather station data from Houston and it has good sun for 3 out of the 4 days. In my experience a few hours over 300w/m2 will put a meaningful amount of power in an off-grid battery. Texas had 4 hours of good sun on the 15th and 16th, the 17th was bad, and then the 18th was about 2 hours worth. A Tesla solar + powerwall customer or solar off-grider would have been well taken care of. When the storm they call "Uri" came though Ohio we had single day record setting snow at 14" while we didn't get the sun Texas did, I charged up my home battery and car the evening before just in case we had an outage. That didn't happen, and i simply used that power up with only a small loss from putting the energy in and out of the battery. I also have a propane generator that can charge my battery if i could not have used the grid.
I made a video that showed this power outage roughly every 6 hours or so made from screen captures on poweroutage.us. Its cool that I can see the waves of storms not in radar, but reported outages. https://youtu.be/vO-bMLIUrdc