AccuWeather Raises Texas Damage, Loss Estimate from Winter Storm to $130B

March 5, 2021

  • March 6, 2021 at 2:24 pm
    Frank Sterle Jr. says:
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    It may no longer be prudent to have every structure’s entire electricity supply relying on external power lines that are susceptible to being crippled by unforeseen events, including storms of unprecedented magnitude.
    And then there are coronal mass ejections to consider, in which power grids are vulnerable to potentially extensive damage and long-lasting power outages.

    I could really appreciate the liberating effect of having my own independently accessed solar-cell power supply (clear skies permitting, of course), especially considering my/our dangerous reliance on electricity. And it will not require huge land-flooding and potentially collapsing water dams, nor constructing towering wind turbine farms.

    Each building having its own solar-cell-panel power storage/system — at least as an emergency/backup source of power — makes sense (except, of course, to the various big energy corporation CEOs whose concern is dollars-and-cents profit margin).

    Many Texans may now be realizing this.

  • March 8, 2021 at 7:46 pm
    WC Schackmann says:
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    You sound like a salesman for solar panels with your mention of flooding land, collapsing water dams, or wind turbine farms.

    With current technology the estimated payback time for the average home in Texas using currently technology is just over 12 years. That number is roughly half of the expected length of the life expectancy for most solar panels.

    Then there is the matter of degradation of the panels over time, the maintenance required to keep peak efficiency (i.e. washing the panels off which requires someone having to go up on the roof), and the matter that in Texas you have weather aside from the cold such as hail, windstorms, and hurricanes.

    I am very open to green technology for generating power and Texas does need to address the grid issues for meeting future needs, but every mean of generating power has issues.

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