We’ve got to stop drinking this “kool aid”
I’m going to start breaking the cardinal rule of renewable media. “Never give them enough to correlate.” Who, in the data center trade area, would question this? Here is what happens when we do.
The area they cite as the location for this wind farm is so saturated with wind generation that the wind farms cannot even get an interconnection agreement with the “grid.” That means that this wind farm, if they get lucky, will have to pay the Ercot, or SPP electricity markets to take the electricity And that’s just part of the story.
Here’s some math. Let’s say the data center is going to be using electricity every hour of the year. That’s 8760 Hours. Microsoft is operating well over 500 MWs of data centers, but we’ll use 500 since it’s a nice round number is using 50 MW of electricity. 8760 x 50 = 4,380,000 MWh of electricity
In a perfect world, the referenced 100 MW Wind Farm in West Texas would generate about 330,000 MWh per years. Meaning that, in a perfect world, they would need approx 1,500 MW of wind generation.
But it’s not a perfect world. I happen to be quite familiar with the “grid” and electricity markets in W. Texas and know that even the existing wind generation is having to Pay to get the MWhs of electricity onto the grid.
And, even then, a great deal of that electricity generating potential has to be curtailed, meaning turned off.
In summary, all of the 100% Renewable “arrangements” the Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Google, Facebook and hundreds of other companies, cities, and towns are claiming is fictional.
And, that’s precisely how the fossil fuel industries have planned it.
Boy, do we have a surprise for them. I’ll be quietly sharing more about that via Altresco posts. Welcome to the rebellion.