In response to the recent heat wave that caused energy consumption in Texas to sky rocket and pose fears of rolling blackouts, renewable energy advocates claim that wind and solar farms could handle the heavy load induced by hot temperatures better than traditional energy methods, the Austin Chronicle reports.
According to the news source, on August 3, Texas saw an all-time peak demand of 68,294 megawatts of consumption, surpassing the grid's generation threshold of 68,000 megawatts. The state was forced to drop "emergency interruptible loads," in which large industrial plants were shut down and paid for their cooperation.
The crisis led one environmental group to speak out about the potential place renewable energy could hold during power surges.
"[We need] things that are responsive to and work best in hot situations like solar and coastal wind and other things that produce energy directly on peak as correlated to the amount of heat in the atmosphere," Tom Smith, of Public Citizen, said.
Wind energy did play its part in the crisis, contributing up to 2,400 megawatts daily for one week, according to the Houston Business Journal.